LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Union High School District’s four remaining Board members will discuss options on Thursday, to fill the vacancy on the Board, after the sudden resignation of former Board president Robert “Bob” Davis.
He resigned effective Nov. 4, citing personal and family reasons.
Davis’ seat is not due to expire until November 2020. Under state law, the Board has 60 days from the date of his resignation to fill his seat. They can either make a provisional appointment or call a special election.
The Board has until Jan. 3 to make a provisional appointment. However, that is unlikely to happen since Board Vice President Victoria Ruffin and Clerk Amanda Parrell joined Davis in multiple and controversial 3-2 votes over the past 11 months, including awarding lucrative contracts to friends and associates, with trustees Jill McGrady and John Rush dissenting.
If the Board calls for a special election, they would have to do so by Dec. 6, for an election that would take place on April 14.
If the Board does nothing, the Los Angeles County Office of Education will order a special election that would take place on Nov. 3, the date of the regular election when Davis’ and McGrady’s seats are up for election.
Only registered voters who live within boundaries of Trustee Area No. 3, the area Davis represented, are eligible to apply for the position.
It’s unclear what, if any, business will get done in the meantime.
The Board will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday in the Boardroom at the District office, 44811 North Sierra Hwy.