Trustee Area 1 Board Vacancy

  • Board of Trustee Vacancy Created by Trustee Area 1 Resignation Announcement

    On Monday, November 22, 2021, Board of Education Trustee Oscar Rivas tendered his resignation from his board position. Rivas' resignation creates a vacancy on the Murrieta Valley Unified School District (MVUSD) Board of Education. The Board discussed options to fill the vacancy at the December 8, 2021, meeting, and unanimously agreed to make a provisional appointment to fill the vacant position.

    The term of the provisional appointment will expire in November 2022.  At that time, the appointed candidate may seek election for a four year term.

    Trustee 1 Area Map

    Trustee Area 1 Application  Completed application packets may be mailed via U.S. postal service or delivered in person to the District Support Center, 41870 McAlby Court, Murrieta. Applications may also be submitted via email to Julie Diaz at All completed applications must be submitted no later than 10:00 a.m. on January 3, 2022.

  • BOE Vacancy Timeline 

    December 6, 2021

    Public Notice of Special Board Meeting to Discuss Area 1 Vacancy

    December 9, 2021

    Public Communication regarding Board decision to fill vacancy

    December 9, 2021

    Application Period Opens

    January 3, 2022

    Application Period Closes at 10:00 a.m.


    January 12, 2022 






    Special Board Meeting

    Board shall, in compliance with the Brown Act:

    1.     Interview candidates during this public meeting

    2.     Accept oral or written public input

    3.     Select a provisional appointee by a majority vote

    January 20, 2022


    Newly appointed Board Member takes Oath of Office and immediately assumes all powers and duties of a board member. Appointee holds office until November 2022 District Board Election.

    January 21, 2022

    60 day Deadline to Fill Vacancy

  • Frequently Asked Questions


    1. Why is there a vacancy? 

    Board of Education Trustee Oscar Rivas relocated within Murrieta and changed his home address, which is outside of the trustee area boundaries. As legally required he resigned.  
    2. What are the qualifications for serving on the Board?
    A person must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Murrieta Valley Unified School District Trustee Area 1, at least 18 years old, and a CA registered voter. 
    3. What is Trustee Area 1?
    In 2018, the Board of Education moved from at-large election to by trustee area election. This means the appointed candidate must reside within the trustee area indicated. Trustee Area 1 includes the following schools: Cole Canyon Elementary, Thompson Middle School, Murrieta Valley High School, and Murrieta Canyon Academy. 
    4. What do I need to apply for the position?
    Individuals meeting the qualifications noted in question 1, must apply to the Governing Board which includes a complete Qualification Form and Application. Applications must be submitted by 10 a.m. on January 3, 2022. Completed application packets may be mailed via U.S. postal service or delivered in person to the District Support Center, 41870 McAlby Court, Murrieta. Applications may also be submitted via email to Julie Diaz at All completed applications must be submitted no later than 10:00 a.m. on January 3, 2022. Applicants must be available for interviews with the Board at an open meeting during the second week of January. 
    5. If I am selected by the Board, when do I take office and when do I run for election?
    The Board anticipates making selection at a Special Board Meeting during the second week of January.The appointment will become effective immediately, and the new member will attend his or her first full Board meeting after being sworn in at a date to be determined.
    During the initial 10 days after the appointment, the Board will notify the community of the provisional appointment, including the name of the new Board member. The appointment will become final in 30 days unless a petition is filed with the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools requesting an election, in which case a special election will be called to fill a vacancy.
    After the appointment becomes final, the Board member will serve until November, 2022, at which time he or she may run for election to serve this role for the next term. 
    6. What other information should I consider?
    Serving on the school board can be a valuable and satisfying way to make a significant contribution to the community. The Board, staff, parent, and student community enjoy a professional, collaborative relationship.
    As public officials, Board members do have to comply with certain restrictions not encountered in their private lives.  Upon assuming office, a Board member must file a Statement of Economic Interest which is a public document that discloses the Board member’s financial holdings and other economic interests within the boundaries of the District (excluding a personal residence). Board members must refrain from Board activities which constitute a conflict of interest or which are incompatible with their role as Board member.  
    Election campaigns are separate from district activities and the candidate must fund their campaign with private contributions in accordance with the rules of the Fair Political Practices commission.  
    7. Is there compensation for serving as a Board Trustee? 
    Yes, Board trustees receive an annual stipend of $6,852.00 and they are eligible to receive $9,675 towards participation in a benefit package made available to all eligible district employees. 
    8. Where can I get additional information on the role and responsibility of a Board Member?
    The California School Boards Association offers several publications on School Board Leadership, New Member Orientation and Governance Briefs.
    District Board Bylaw 9000 outlines the role of the board and candidates may also refer to the Board's Governance Standards.
    For more information, contact the Executive Assistant to the Board of Education and Superintendent, Julie Diaz at 696-1600 ext. 1002.


Last Modified on January 7, 2022