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    A Message from the CUSD Board of Education to the Community - March 10, 2023

    To the Carmel Unified School District Community,

    As approved on February 16, 2023, a vacancy was created on the Board of Education of the Carmel Unified School District by the resignation of Tess Arthur. 

    The Board member vacancy will be filled by Board appointment. Beginning on March 13, 2023 and ending at 4:30 p.m on March 24, 2023, the Board will be accepting applications to fill this position. Please click here for a copy of the application. 

    Thereafter, at a special Board meeting on March 31, 2023 the Board will meet in an open session public meeting at 9:00 a.m. at Sunset Center’s Babcock Room, San Carlos St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, to review all applications and to interview the applicants. Applicants should make themselves available for this meeting. The Board’s appointment of the applicant to fill this position will take place on March 31, 2023 after discussion. The applicant selected will be appointed to serve in the position until a November 2024 election to fill the remaining two years of the term. In November 2024, an at-large election will be held to fill the remainder of the term, from 2024 to 2026.  

    Applications will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the District Office, beginning March 13, 2023. To be considered as an applicant, the application must be hand-delivered and received in the District Office by 4:30 p.m. on March 24, 2023. Any application received after 4:30 p.m. on March 24, 2023 will not be accepted. Those applications that are received will be posted and available by the end of the next business day, March 27, 2023. 

    Information about the vacancy and this process may be found below. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Michelle Goncalves at (831) 624-1546 ext. 2021 or mgoncalves@carmelunified.org


    CUSD Board of Education 

    Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Board Member Appointment

    Thank you for your interest in seeking appointment to the Board of Education of the Carmel Unified School District. As you know, a vacancy has occurred which shall be filled by the Board members prior to April 17, 2023. As you consider whether you would like to apply for an appointment to the Board, the following information may be of assistance.

    1. Why is there a vacancy at this time?

    There is a vacancy on the Board of Education because Tess Arthur has resigned from the Board.

    1. What are the qualifications for serving on the Board?

    A person must be a citizen of California, a resident of Carmel Unified School District, at least 18 years old, a registered voter, and not otherwise legally disqualified from holding civil/public office. A person is not required to live within a specific trustee area to be appointed to fill the vacancy.

    1. What do I need to apply for the position?

    The Board has determined that it will accept application materials which include a complete Qualification Form and Application. These materials are available here. Complete application materials must be received in the District Office, no later than 4:30 pm on March 24, 2023. Applicants must be available for interviews with the Board at an open session Board meeting on March 31, 2023.

    1. If I am selected by the Board, when do I take office and when do I run for election?

    The Board anticipates making a selection on March 31, 2023. The new member will attend their first full Board meeting on April 19, 2023, after they are sworn into office. The Board member will serve until November, 2024. In November 2024, an at-large election will be held to fill the remainder of the term, from 2024 to 2026.

    1. 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 have enjoyed a collegial relationship. As public officials, Board members do have to comply with certain restrictions not encountered in their private lives. For example, Board members serve without any compensation for their services.  

    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 restrain from Board activities which constitute a conflict of interest or which are incompatible with their role as Board member.

    1. May I get additional information on the role and responsibility of a Board Member?

    Yes, the California School Boards Association offers several publications on School Board Leadership, New Member Orientation and Governance Briefs.  

    Please feel free to contact any Board member to discuss your interest in applying for appointment to the Board of Education of the Carmel Unified School District. 

    The District and the entire community greatly appreciate your interest in serving the community.


    Download the Board Vacancy Application Packet here