The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) is inviting applications from individuals who are interested in filling a Board of Trustees seat that was recently vacated by Trustee Sean Elo-Rivera, who was sworn-in as a member of the San Diego City Council on Dec. 10.
Elo-Rivera represented the SDCCD’s District E, which stretches from Barrio Logan to City Heights and includes Downtown, North Park, South Park, Golden Hill, Mountain View, Logan Heights, and Normal Heights.
During the Board of Trustees’ Nov. 12 meeting, the board decided it would appoint a replacement to fill the final two years of Elo-Rivera’s term. While trustees had the option of calling a special election, the cost – estimated at up to $650,000 – was considered prohibitive, especially at a time when education funding is being constrained due to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The next scheduled election in District E is in 2022.
The board has 60 days from Elo-Rivera’s swearing-in date as a City Council member to make a provisional appointment. A board subcommittee will coordinate the process with the assistance of Chancellor Constance Carroll. An eligible applicant must be a resident of District E, a registered voter, at least 21 years old, and cannot be an SDCCD employee. The board will select the appointee by majority vote at an upcoming meeting.
“This is an important decision since the governing board’s actions affect over 100,000 students and the entire region,” said Board of Trustees President Maria Nieto Senour. “To ensure transparency and full compliance with legal requirements, the entire process will be conducted at public sessions of the board.”
Applications from interested candidates are due Jan. 15. More information on the application process for those interested in representing District E will be available at sdccd.edu/board-vacancy.
As one of the largest of California’s 73 community college districts, the San Diego Community College District serves approximately 100,000 students annually through three two-year colleges and San Diego Continuing Education. The three colleges, San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, and San Diego Miramar College, offer associate degrees and certificates in occupational programs that prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and entry-level jobs. Mesa