The Sacramento County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to fill the seat vacated by Penny Schwinn with an appointee instead of opting for an expensive special election.
Such a contest would have cost $750,000, according to Sacramento County elections officials.The appointee will hold the seat until the next regular election in June. Whoever wins the election will fill Schwinn's term until it ends in 2016.
Schwinn, a charter school advocate, recently stepped down from the board when she took administrative job with the Sacramento City Unified School District. School district employees cannot serve on the county board.
Board members will interview candidates and make the appointment at its Aug. 20 meeting, according to Sacramento County Office of Education officials.
The trustee will represent Area 5 in eastern Sacramento County, running from Rancho Cordova to Folsom, stretching south to Vineyard, northeast of Elk Grove.
Applications for the seat must be received by 4 p.m. Aug. 15. They can be mailed to P.O. Box 269003, Sacramento, CA 95826 or brought to the David P. Meaney Education Center, 10474 Mather Blvd. in Mather between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays.
The applications should include a letter of interest, a resume and up to three letters of recommendation.
For more information about applying, call Carla Miller at (916) 228-2410.