SBCUSD Board of Education Opts to Fill Board Vacancy with Appointment

SBCUSD Board of Education Opts to Fill Board Vacancy with Appointment
Posted on 12/14/2022
SBCUSD Board of Education Opts to Fill Board Vacancy with AppointmentThe Board of Education of the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) decided unanimously at its December 13 meeting to fill a vacancy on the governing body through a temporary appointment, avoiding a costly special election. 

Interested applicants who live within the SBCUSD attendance boundaries can apply for consideration starting Wednesday, December 14 by downloading an application at The deadline to apply is Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. At its regularly scheduled meeting on January 17, 2023, Board members will discuss the interview process and finalize interview questions. On January 24, 2023, trustees will interview candidates and then appoint someone to serve the remaining two years of Dr. Gwendolyn Dowdy-Rodgers’ term. The appointee would be sworn in on February 7, 2023. 

A vacancy on the seven-member Board opened with the resignation of Dr. Dowdy-Rodgers, who voters elected last month to represent Area D on the San Bernardino County Board of Education. Two years remain in Dowdy-Rodgers’ term on the SBCUSD Board of Education. 

School board members are locally elected public officials entrusted with governing a community’s public schools. The role of a school board is to ensure that the district is responsive to the values, beliefs, and priorities of the communities it serves. Boards fulfill this role by setting direction and policy, ensuring accountability, and providing community leadership as advocates for children and families, the school district, and public schools. Authority is granted to the Board as a whole, not each member individually. Board members work together as a governance team with the superintendent to make decisions that best serve all the students in the community.

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