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School District Outlines Process for Selecting Replacement Board Member

The Alameda Unified School District Board of Trustees is expected to appoint a replacement board member on Tuesday evening.  (File Photo)

The Alameda Unified School District Board of Trustees is expected to appoint a replacement board member on Tuesday evening. (File Photo)

The Alameda Unified School District has outlined the process it will use on Tuesday night to select a new appointment to the Board of Trustees, to replace Trish Spencer.

Spencer resigned from the board late last year after having been elected Mayor of Alameda.

The school district announced, on Friday, the process for the special meeting which is scheduled for 6pm at Island High School, 500 Pacific Avenue, on Tuesday, February 3rd.

In a statement sent to the media, the district said that, “this process was developed after doing research, conferring with other school districts, and having a public discussion with board members at the January 29 board meeting.”

The meeting on Tuesday will not be televised live, but the district said it will tape the meeting and add the video the website as soon as possible.

The process outlined by the district is as follows:

  1. Interview of Candidates
    • Each Board member will ask one question of the candidates. The questions will be the
      same for all candidates.
    • The Board secretary will draw lots to determine the order in which candidates will
      answer the first question. The order will be reversed with each subsequent question.
    • Each candidate will have two (2) minutes to answer each question.
  2. Public Comment
    • Following the interviews, members of the public who wish to address the board regarding the agenda item may do so by filling out a speaker slip and submitting it to the Board’s administrative assistant.
    • Comments will be limited to two (2) minutes each.
  3. Finalist Balloting
    • After public comment, the Board will narrow the candidates through a series of ballots. The ballots will be read aloud by the Board secretary so they may be more easily entered into the meeting minutes. As was done during the January 22nd meeting, District staff will also display the votes in the meeting room.
    • For the first ballot, each Board member will list three (3) candidates to advance. Any candidate listed on any ballot will proceed to the second ballot.
    • For the second ballot, each Board member will list two (2) candidates to advance. Any candidate listed on any ballot will proceed to the final ballot.
    • For the final ballot, each Board member will list his or her one (1) preferred candidate. Candidates listed on any final ballot are eligible for appointment.
  4. Selection of Appointee
    • Any Board member may move that any remaining candidate be appointed to fill the vacant seat. If the motion receives a second, Board members may choose to discuss the moved candidate before voting. Motions and discussions will continue until an appointee is selected.

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