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 an 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 their Aug. 20 meeting, according to Sacramento County Office of Education officials.
For information about applying, call Carla Miller at (916) 228-2410.