Friday is deadline to apply for Washington Unified School District trusteeship

The Washington Unified School District is accepting applications through 4 p.m. Friday to fill a school board vacancy created with the recent resignation of Trustee Mary Leland, who is retiring.

District spokesman Giorgos Kazanis said Leland, who served 11 years as trustee, resigned effective Saturday and plans to return to her home in Texas to be closer to family members.

The five-member school board recently extended the filing vacancy to Friday, citing overwhelming community interest in the post.

Trustees opted to appoint a candidate to fill the seat through 2016, the remainder of Leland’s term, to avoid the costs of a special election, estimated at $75,000 to $80,000.

Leland previously was associated with the Sacramento City College Foundation and the Los Rios Community College District, as well as the California Center for Community-School Partnerships, Division of Education, at UC Davis.

Trustee applicants will be interviewed in open session at a board meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 22 in West Sacramento City Hall, 1110 W. Capitol Ave., second floor.

The school board has up to 30 days after the interviews to appoint someone and to notify the Yolo County school superintendent of the selection, Kazanis said.

Applications are available at the Washington Unified School District office, 930 Westacre Road, West Sacramento, and at all campus offices in the district. Forms are available also via the district website,

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, be a registered voter and reside within the district’s attendance area. Kazanis said an appointee will not be barred next year from seeking election to a four-year term.

For additional information, contact Kazanis at 916-375-7600, ext. 1235, or