Filling a Vacancy on the Board of Education

  • UPDATE: At its regular meeting on January 14, 2021, the Board of Education appointed Mr. Keith Coleman to fill this board vacancy. Read the appointment news release.

     

    On November 3, 2020, Mr. Oscar de la Torre was elected to fill an open seat on the Santa Monica City Council, leaving a vacancy on the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education.

    Mr. de la Torre was first elected to the board in November 2002 and was reelected in November 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018.  The Board of Education will undergo the appointment to bring a new member on the board to serve out the remainder of Mr. de la Torre's term, which expires in December 2022.  The person selected for this appoint can, if they choose and continue to meet the eligibility requirements, run for the full four-year open seat in the November 2022 election.

    To be eligible to serve on the board, a person must be (as per Education Code 35107):

    • 18 years of age or older
    • A citizen of the state
    • A resident of the school distirct
    • A registered voter
    • Not disqualified by the Constitution or laws of the state from holding a civil office

    The eligiblity of an applicant will not be based on race, color, ancestry, national origin, ehtnic group identification, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, or genetic information. SMMUSD employees may apply and if appointed, must resign as an employee prior to being sworn into office.

    Members of the public who meet the eligibilty requirements are encouraged to apply.  

         APPLICATION: NOW CLOSED

     

    Applications Received

    Note: The Board of Education subcommittee has reviewed the applications for eligibility.

    Debbie Bernstein     Application     Resume
    Jeffrey Brea     Application     Resume
    Keith Coleman     Application     Resume
    Magdalena Edwards     Application     Resume
    Nicole Faries     Application     Resume
    Jason Feldman     Application     Resume
    Julio Garcia II     Application     Resume
    Claudia Guerra     Application     Resume
    Dr. Neal Handel     Application     Resume
    Madeline David Heller     Application     Resume - declined interview
    Roui Israel     Application     Resume
    Seth Jacobson     Application     Resume
    Nicole Jain    Application     Resume
    Patricia Laucella     Application     Resume - declined interview
    Andy Lauer     Application     Resume
    Jennifer Lee     Application     Resume
    Judy Toby Lerner     Application     Resume
    Jennifer Lind     Application     Resume - declined interview
    Alicia Peak     Application     Resume
    Stacy Rouse     Application     Resume
    Ben Swett     Application     Resume
    Jake Wachtel     Application     Resume
    Miles Warner     Application     Resume
    Julie Waterstone     Application     Resume
    Nicole Wolfe     Application     Resume

     

    Completed applications were submitted to the Superintendent's Office by December 17, 2020.  During winter break, a subcommittee of the Board of Education - consisting of no more than three seated board members - will review the applications for eligibility (based on Education and Government Codes).  When the second semseter begins in January 2021, the board subcommittee will inform the Superintendent's Office which applicants meet the eligibility criteria. The Superintendnet will invite those applications to participant in the interview process, which will take place at the regularly scheduled board meeting on January 14, 2021.

    The interview process, deliberations, and final appointment will all occur during open session at the January 14, 2021, board meeting, which will be held via Zoom.  The agenda for this regular meeting will be posted online by January 8, 2021, at https://www.smmusd.org/domain/2977

    Members of the public with questions regarding this appointment process are encouraged to contact the Superintendent's Office at swahrenbrock@smmusd.org.

    On January 5, 2021, Dr. Drati sent a letter to the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) regarding the incompatibility of Mr. de la Torre holding his former school board seat and new city council seat simultaneously.