Mayor London Breed Announces Next Steps for Board of Education Appointments
Vetting process will begin to fill three vacant seats resulting from successful recall
San Francisco, CA — Today, Mayor London N. Breed announced the next steps for making appointments to the San Francisco Board of Education to fill the three seats that will be vacated by the successful recall of three members of the Board. The seats will not be officially vacated until 10 days after the election is certified and approved by the Board of Supervisors. That leaves at least three to four weeks before the seats are vacated.
For the past several weeks, Mayor Breed has been speaking with groups of parents from all over the City to hear from them about what they want to see from San Francisco’s public schools and from the Board of Education. She has not discussed names of potential replacements in these meetings, or interviewed any potential candidates, but instead has focused on what parents and students are experiencing and what they want to see for their children. She will continue to meet with parents and others, including the United Educators of San Francisco, to gather feedback and recommendations as she continues this process.
“Moving forward, the School Board must focus on the essentials of delivering a well-run school system above all else,” said Mayor London Breed. “My focus in the coming weeks is to identify individuals for these seats that can tackle the many immediate decisions the District faces right now, as well as structural issues the District has faced for years. The election is over, and now it is time for everyone to do the hard work of supporting our students and educators as we emerge from this pandemic and get this District on the path to sustainability.”
The next steps are for the Mayor to gather a list of candidates and begin to interview candidates. That work is happening now, and will continue in the days ahead.
Under the schedule established by the Secretary of State for the February 15th Special Primary Election the Department of Elections has up to 9 days to certify the results of the election and transmit those results to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors acts on this certification by resolution. The recall will become effective 10 days after the Board’s action which is when a vacancy would occur. It is likely any vacancy would occur in early to mid-March depending on how long the Department of Elections takes to complete its certification process.