Elk Grove Unified to select new trustee Jan. 26

The Elk Grove Unified school board will select a new trustee to fill its Area 6 vacancy on Jan. 26 during a public meeting.

The new trustee will fill the seat vacated by Steve Ly, who won a seat on the Elk Grove City Council in November.

A final tally of candidates will not be available until after the 5 p.m. Friday deadline for applications.

All qualified applicants will be interviewed during the meeting, said Board President Bobbie Singh-Allen. Candidates must live in Area 6 in the southwest region of the district west of Highway 99 – bounded roughly by Elk Grove Boulevard on the north to just beyond Twin Cities Road to the south.

All candidates will be asked the same six questions, Singh-Allen said. Each candidate will make a two-minute opening statement and a one-minute closing statement. After the interviews, the board will open up the meeting for the public to comment.

“We are inviting the public to be part of the process,” Singh-Allen said. “We really do want to hear from them.”

The board will take public comments into consideration during the deliberation process, which also will be in open session, Singh-Allen said. The selected applicant will be chosen and sworn in later in the evening.

The board decided last month to make a provisional appointment instead of holding a special election that would have cost between $731,000 and $1 million.

The seat will be up for election next in November 2016.

The meeting will be at the Robert L. Trigg Education Center, 9510 Elk Grove-Florin Road.

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