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[ARCHIVED] Applications Accepted through Dec. 17, 2020 for Vacant Seat on SMMUSD Board of Education

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SMMUSD Accepting Applications to Fill Vacancy on Board of Education Until December 17

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Board of Education will be accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the board that was created when Oscar de la Torre was elected to an open Santa Monica City Council seat in the November 2020 election.    

De la Torre was first elected to the Board of Education in November 2002 and was reelected in November 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018. The Board of Education will undergo the appointment process to bring a new member on board to serve out the reminder of de la Torre’s term, which expires in December 2022. The person selected for this appointment can, if s/he chooses and continues to meet eligibility requirements, run for the full four-year open seat in the November 2022 election.  

To be eligible to serve on the board, a person must be (as per Education Code 35107):

    18 years of age or older

    A citizen of the state

    A resident of the school district

    A registered voter

Not disqualified by the Constitution or laws of the state from holding a civil office

Any person who has been convicted of a felony involving the giving, accepting, or offering of a bribe, embezzlement or theft of public funds, extortion, perjury, or conspiracy to commit any such crime, under California law or the law of another state, the United States, or another country, is not eligible to be a Board member except when he/she has been granted a pardon in accordance with law.  

Eligibility is determined regardless of race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, or genetic information, the perception of one or more of such characteristics, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.    

Applications can be found at Completed applications can be submitted to the Superintendent’s Office (emailed to The Superintendent’s office will receive completed applications until 4:30 p.m. on December 17, 2020.

During winter break, a subcommittee of the Board of Education – consisting of no more than three seated board members – will review the applications for eligibility (based on Education Code 35107 and Government Code 1770). When the second semester begins in January 2021, the board subcommittee will inform the Superintendent’s office which applicants meet the eligibility criteria. The Superintendent’s office will invite those applicants to participate in the interview process, which will take place at the regularly scheduled board meeting on January 14, 2021.  

The interview process, deliberations, and final appointment will all occur during open session at the January 14, 2021, board meeting, which will be held via Zoom. The agenda for this regular meeting will be posted online by January 8, 2021, at  

Members of the public with questions regarding this appointment process are encouraged to contact the Superintendent’s office at