2021 Trustee Area 3 Board Vacancy

  • Board of Trustee Vacancy Created by Trustee Area 3 Retirement Announcement

    On Wednesday, September 22, 2021, Board of Education Trustee Kenneth Dickson tendered his resignation from his board position effective November 21, 2021. Dickson’s 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 September 23, 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 to fill the remainder of the trustee's term through November 2024.   


    Trustee 3 Area Map

  • BOE Vacancy Timeline 

    September 27, 2021


    Public Notice of Vacancy

    Application Period Opens

    October 12, 2021

    Application Period Closes at 12:00 p.m. (noon)

    Now Closed (Updated 10/13/21)

    October 28, 2021





    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

    November 21, 2021

    Kenneth Dickson Resignation Effective

    November 21, 2021

    60 day Deadline to Fill Vacancy

    December 14, 2021

    Regular Board Meeting

    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

  • Frequently Asked Questions


    1. Why is there a vacancy? 

    Board of Education Trustee Kenneth Dickson has announced his retirement and subsequent relocation to the East Coast to be with family. 
    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 3, at least 18 years old, and a CA registered voter. 
    3. What is Trustee Area 3?
    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 3 includes the following schools: Antelope Hills Elementary, Vista Murrieta High School, Rail Ranch Elementary, and Alta Murrieta Elementary. 
    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 noon on October 12, 2021. Applicants must be available for interviews with the Board at an open meeting on October 28, 2021. 
    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 on October 28, 2021. The appointment will become effective November 21, 2021, and the new member will attend his or her first full Board meeting after being sworn in on December 14, 2021.
    During the initial 10 days after the October 28th appointment, the Board will notify the community of the vacancy and 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 complete the former Board member’s original term, until November 2024. 
    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.


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