LANCASTER —  If Antelope Valley Union High School District’s Board of Education is going to call for a special election to fill the vacancy left by former member Robert “Bob” Davis’ resignation last month, they need to do it soon.

The deadline to call for a special election is Friday. But the Board would have to hold a special meeting and then agree to call for a special election before then.

Since this week is also the same week as the California School Boards Association’s annual educational conference, to be held in San Diego, that’s unlikely.

The Board is not scheduled to meet again until Dec. 12. The Board’s Nov. 14 meeting ended after acting President Victoria Ruffin and Clerk Amanda Parrell walked out, following a split vote to approve the agenda.

Ruffin wanted to table a presentation by Attorney Jay Fernow of Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost detailing options for filling the Board vacancy until the Dec. 12 meeting.

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. If it 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 trustee Jill McGrady’s seats are up for election.

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