The Lodi Unified School District board has created a calendar that would seat a new trustee in place before voting on the 2010-11 budget, but board president Richard Jones recognizes that may not be possible.
"Those are the best case scenarios," Jones said, adding that it may take up to 60 days to replace Harvey Bills Sr., who recently resigned.
On Wednesday, trustees are expected to start the process by creating a subcommittee of three board members, who will ultimately recommend a provisional candidate for appointment.
If the board decides to move forward with the proposed timeline, a call for applicants will be published in local newspapers this weekend and the next.
Letters of interest along with resumes will be accepted beginning Saturday, by mail or in person, addressed to the Board of Education, Lodi Unified School District, 1305 E. Vine St., Lodi 95240. The deadline to apply is noon on May 28. Applicants must reside in Area 6 to be eligible for consideration.
The appointee will serve until the next board election in November. At that time, he or she could file as a candidate and run for election to finish out the term of office, which expires in November 2012.
Applicants will be screened and interviewed by the three-member sub-committee with plans to recommend and vote on a provisional appointee June 15. He or she will be administered the Oath of Office and seated at the same meeting.
Trustees are expected to approve the 2010-11 operating budget after months of cutting programs and personnel to close a $30 million gap, but Jones said a special meeting following that date may be necessary.
Bills, who has been diagnosed with dementia, resigned from the board last month at the urging of fellow trustees. He has been absent from the last several meetings, including one on April 20 where the remaining six board members cast two tied votes.
The cost to advertise for applicants, as required by the education code, is about $3,000, substantially less than the $457,000 the Registrar of Voters estimates it would cost to hold a special election, according to a staff report.
Lodi Unified School District boundaries for trustee area No. 6Starting point: The intersection of East Harney Lane and Highway 99.
— Follow Highway 99 south to Foppiano Lane in North Stockton.
— Go east on Foppiano Lane to the CCT Railroad tracks.
— Go south along the CCT Railroad tracks to the southern boundary of Lodi Unified School District.
— Follow the district southern boundary west, then north along Highway 99 to Hammer Lane.
— Go west along the southern boundary at Hammer Lane to Lorraine Avenue.
— Go north on Lorraine Avenue to Burgundy Street.
— Go north on Burgundy Street to Bordeaux Avenue.
— Head east on Bordeaux Avenue to Bernay Drive.
— Go north on Bernay Drive to Cherbourg Way.
— Follow Cherbourg Way north to Mosher Creek.
— Follow Mosher Creek to West Lane.
— Go north on West lane to Bear Creek.
— Follow Bear Creek west to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, and then north along the Union Pacific Railroad tracks to Lower Sacramento Road.
— Turn south on Lower Sacramento Road, back to Bear Creek.
— Go west along Bear Creek to a point adjacent to Hickock Drive.
— Go south on Hickock Drive to Wagner Heights Road.
— Go west on Wagner Heights Road to Thornton Road.
— Go north on Thornton Road to Highway 12.
— Head east on Highway 12 to Sylvan Way.
— Follow Sylvan Way south, then east to Mills Avenue.
— Go south on Mills Avenue to Century Blvd.
— Turn east on Century Boulevard until it reaches the Woodbridge Irrigation Canal.
— Follow the Woodbridge Irrigation Canal south to Harney Lane.
— Go east on Harney Lane to the starting point at Highway 99.
Source: Lodi Unified School District