Williams school board to fill vacancy by appointment

The Williams Unified School District Board of Trustees, rather than the voters, will appoint its newest member of the governance team.

The school board, at a special meeting on Sept. 25, set the timeline for filling the vacancy that will be created when Trustee Kelly Wade Lewis’ term is up at the end of the year.

Only President Sylvia Vaca chose to run in the Nov. 6 election despite two seats being up for election.

Superintendent Edgar Lampkin said the Colusa County Elections Department officially notified the district in August that there were fewer candidates than vacancies in the upcoming election, and that an appointment would be needed.

The school board said it plans to accept applications until Oct. 9, and conduct public interviews at either a special or regular meeting in October or November before making their decision.

Lewis and Vaca have both served on the school board since they were elected in 2014, beating out longtime PTO member Maryah Stoots for two open seats.

Lewis, who garnered the most votes in 2014, plans to step down when his term expires on Dec. 6.

The trustee will be appointed by a majority vote of school board, however, will not hold a four-year term. The appointee will only hold the office until the Nov. 3, 2020 statewide election, and would have to run for office to keep serving, school officials said.

Applicants must be a registered voter and resident of Williams, and cannot be an employee of the school district.

Applications for the governing board can be obtained at the district office, located at 499 Marguerite St., Williams, which must be submitted by 4 PM on Oct. 9 to be considered.
The school board said it will conduct interviews, select a final list of candidates, discuss each candidate, and make the appointment, all in open session.

The appointed member will also be administered the oath of office in open session, and take their seat on the board immediately after being sworn in, officials said.