Deadline to apply for OC Board of Ed vacancy pushed back to Dec. 17

The Orange County Board of Education has extended the deadline for candidates interested in filling the vacant Fourth District seat formerly held by Tim Shaw.

Applicants now have until 12 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17 to submit their resumes and notices of intention. The board plans to provisionally appoint a new trustee on Dec. 21 to serve through June 2022.

Following Shaw’s resignation on Nov. 1, board members initially announced a deadline of Nov. 30, with the intent of selecting a new member on Dec. 8. But the timeline was revised after no eligible applications were received.

According to an announcement posted on the board’s website, candidates who successfully complete an initial screening process conducted by the county board’s Executive Committee will be invited for interviews on Dec. 21. The provisional appointment term will begin immediately on the same day a candidate is selected, continuing through June 30, 2022.

The outcome of the June 7, 2022 election will determine who serves out the final two years of Shaw’s term.

Requirements for appointment

All resumes and letters must be filed by the application deadline of 12 p.m. on Dec. 17. Based on Brown Act requirements, those documents will become public information.

Candidates must be legal residents of the Fourth District and registered Orange County voters at the time of appointment. OCDE staff members and other Orange County school district employees are ineligible to serve on the board.

The Orange County Board of Education’s Fourth District currently represents Buena Park, Fullerton, La Habra, Placentia and portions of Anaheim. The area could be adjusted, however, based on population shifts identified through the 2021 Census.

About the OC Board of Education

The Orange County Board of Education is made up of five elected officials who each serve four-year terms. According to the board’s website, its responsibilities include:

  • Approving the annual budget of the Orange County Department of Education
  • Receiving the annual audit of the Orange County Department of Education
  • Maintaining an awareness of the operations and financial conditions of the school districts in the county
  • Approving the purchase of property for department programs
  • Serving as Orange County’s appeal board for the adjudication of expulsion appeals and interdistrict attendance appeals
  • Representing Orange County’s education community and families at the local, county, state and national levels
  • Informing local communities about the programs and achievements of the Orange County Department of Education