The resignation of San Diego Unified school board member Marne Foster leaves a vacuum on the school board. At Tuesday’s board meeting, the four remaining trustees will decide how to fill the seat.
The district has to appoint someone within 30 days. If it doesn’t, it must hold a special election, according to the city charter.
A special election wouldn’t make a lot of sense right now. Primaries are already scheduled for June, so a special election would happen just before then. Plus, special elections are costly and time-consuming.
In 2014, for example, when a South Bay Union School District was looking at a special election, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters estimated it would cost the district anywhere from $330,000 to $380,000, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.