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BCSD Trustees discuss replacing member who recently resigned

Board has 60 to find replacement after resignation of Michael Horne
Posted at 5:30 PM, Jun 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-03 20:30:05-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Bakersfield City School District Board of Trustees have to figure out how to replace one of their own after the recent resignation of Michael Horne.

The board held a special meeting on Monday, June 3, to discuss their options in replacing Horne, who resigned on May 29. District officials say the board has 60 days from his resignation to find a replacement.

Horne represented Area 4 after defeating incumbent Russ Shuppert by 329 votes in the last election back in November. No reason was given for Horne's resignation.

According to district officials, the board has three options to replace Horne:

  • Open the vacancy to appointment, soliciting applications from the public, then interviewing candidates before selecting someone to take Horne's spot;
  • Hold a special election;
  • Or, since Horne was elected in the most recent election, appoint the second-place finisher, Shuppert, to the vacancy.

There has been no decision yet on which option the board will go with and they are expected to discuss it further in the coming weeks. The board has two regularly scheduled meetings this month, on June 11 and June 26. They could also hold another special meeting.