By Ian Hanigan
When Dr. Gavin Huntley-Fenner announced in October that he was resigning from the IUSD Board of Education, fellow board members had to decide whether to hold a special election that would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars or make a provisional appointment for the one-year balance of the term.
They chose the latter option, selecting former Finance Committee member Ira Glasky for the post on Nov. 21.
But a petition began circulating the following month to overturn the board’s decision by forcing a special election. Indeed, registered voters are allowed 30 days to challenge the process, and in this case they needed to collect at least 1,642 valid signatures, which amounts to 1.5 percent of the number of voters in the 2012 board election. On Jan. 22, the Orange County Department of Education announced that petitioners had gathered enough signatures.
The provisional appointment has therefore been terminated, and the seat will remain vacant pending a special election on June 3. Because it’s tied to a statewide primary, the cost has been estimated between $152,843 and $194,079.
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