On Aug. 16, the Rancho Santa Fe School board voted to bypass a costly election for a new school board member and instead go the route of appointing someone to replace the seat left vacant by Jim Cimino, who recently moved to Texas.
The district has until Sept. 29 to fill the seat, 60 days from Cimino’s official resignation date. Candidate applications are currently available at the district office and online (www.rsfschool.net); the deadline for filing is Aug. 29 at 4 p.m.
On Monday, Sept. 12, at 5 p.m., the school board will interview all the candidates in open session and appoint the new member after a board discussion.
District superintendent Lindy Delaney hopes to find a quality replacement to fulfill Cimino’s term through November 2012. Delaney said the last time they appointed a board member to fill a vacancy it was Jim Depolo, currently the board vice president, who has served on the board going on eight years—the appointment worked out well.
“(Being a board member) is a commitment of time, it’s a commitment of energy. You have to be passionate about kids and education. It really is a big job and there’s no pay,” Delaney said. “We’re looking for someone who’s willing to put in that time.”