Bakersfield City School Board Needs a New Trustee

The Bakersfield City School Board has voted to appoint a new trustee in lieu of holding a special election.

Board member Raymond Gonzales recently resigned leaving a vacancy on the board. This week, three of the remaining board members voted to appoint a replacement citing the $78,000 bill that the district could face if they decide to hold an election. Additionally, voters would have to wait until November to select a replacement.

Trustee Pamela Baugher was the lone dissenting voice who wanted a more democratic process for the selection.

Applications to fill the District 3 seat will be accepted until Wednesday, July 12 at 5 p.m. and the board must select a new trustee by Thursday, July 20 or else face a special election in April 2018.

Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest, completed Candidate Information Sheet, resume of qualifications, and three letters of endorsement to the BCSD Board of Trustees, 1300 Baker Street, Bakersfield CA 93305 by the deadline.

For more information visit the Bakersfield City School District website.