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Board Provisional Appointment

Lucia martel-dow appointed to the board

We are pleased to announce that Lucia Martel-Dow was appointed to the SRCS Board of Education on Jan. 25. Trustee Martel-Dow fills the open seat vacated by former Trustee Rachel Kertz for the remainder of the term. In the November 2022 General Election, the seat will be required to be filled by a candidate who resides in Trustee Area 2; Trustee Martel-Dow currently resides in Area 2.  She currently serves as a Board liaison on the following committees: coming soon!

Lucia was born and raised in Venezuela, where she attended law school. She was a member of the Venezuelan Foreign Service before moving to Madrid, Spain, where she worked on human rights and immigration policy issues in an international organization serving 22 Ibero-American countries. In 2007, she moved to San Francisco to be with her husband. She worked in the non-profit sector and later ventured into the corporate world as a compliance consultant in the financial industry. Lucia joined Canal Alliance in 2015, where she currently oversees the Immigration and Social Services Departments. 

Lucia has a Master of Laws Degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Master of Laws in International Law and International Relations from the Complutense University of Madrid. She is a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Marin County Bar Association. She is also a Commissioner with Marin First Five. Lucia is bilingual in English and Spanish. She lives with her husband and seven-year old daughter in the Marinwood neighborhood in San Rafael.
 

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Provisional Appointment Process to Fill Seat

San Rafael City Schools (SRCS) has launched a provisional appointment process to fill an open seat on its Board of Education. The open seat was created when Rachel Kertz recently resigned from the Board due to her being elected to the San Rafael City Council in November 2020.

The application for the open Board seat is now available. Click here to view the application or call 415-492-3233 to arrange to pick-up an application. Applications are due on January 20, 2021 (more information below).

Ms. Kertz was elected to a four-year, at-large term in 2018; therefore anyone is eligible to apply to fill her vacant seat for the remainder of that term if they meet the qualifications:

  • 18 years of age or older

  • A citizen of the state of California

  • A resident of the San Rafael Elementary or High School District

  • A registered voter

  • Not disqualified by the Constitution or laws of the state to hold a civil office


However, any candidate running for this seat in the next General Election of November 2022 will only qualify to run if they reside in Trustee Area 2 at that time. More information about Trustee-Area elections here.

Additionally, please find some important details below:

  • Applications with an attached resume must be received by the Office of the Superintendent no later than 4 pm on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. Applications may be submitted electronically to superintendent@srcs.org or be mailed or hand delivered to the Superintendent’s Office, 310 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903. 

     
  • Public interviews of candidates will take place at a Special Board meeting on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 4 pm. The four current trustees will interview candidates who submit completed applications by the deadline. At the close of interviews, the trustees will deliberate and select the successful candidate during the Special Meeting. During the Jan. 25 Regular Meeting that immediately follows, the successful candidate will be sworn into office. 



     
  • Other important dates: 

    • Jan. 15, 10:30 am - 3 pm by appointment: Candidates meet with Superintendent Hogeboom to discuss roles and responsibilities

    • Jan. 28, 5:30 - 8:30 pm: Board Retreat, new trustee to attend


Candidates are encouraged to contact 415-492-3233 or superintendent@srcs.org if they have any questions.

 

Background Information

San Rafael City Schools Board Member Rachel Kertz, who was elected at-large in November 2018 to a term of office that was set to expire December 2022, was elected to the San Rafael City Council in the November 3, 2020 General Election. Her election to the City Council created a vacancy on the District’s Governing Board. On Friday, December 4, 2020, Ms. Kertz resigned her position as a member of the SRCS Board of Education, effective immediately.

Per Board Bylaw 9223, when a vacancy occurs four or more months before the end of a Board member's term, the Board shall, within 60 days of the date of the vacancy or the filing of the member's deferred resignation, either order an election or make a provisional appointment. Ms. Kertz had two years remaining on her term of office, thus the said appointment shall be for the remainder of Ms. Kertz's term through December 2022.

On March 25, 2019, the Governing Board unanimously adopted Resolution No. 1819-24, expressing the Governing Board’s intention to transition to trustee-area elections, starting with the election of November 3, 2020.

On August 26, 2019, the Governing Board selected and adopted "Map 110," which identifies the five trustee-area boundaries and the associated election sequence, determining that members of the Governing Board from Trustee-Areas 2 and 4 would be elected beginning with the General Election of November 2022, and every four years thereafter. 

While Ms.  Kertz resides in Trustee Area 2, the vacancy created by her election to the City Council is not required to be filled by a resident of Trustee Area 2. Since Ms. Kertz was elected at-large in 2018, her entire term is at-large, therefore anyone is eligible to apply to fill her vacant seat for the remainder of that term without further qualifications, if he/she is 18 years of age or older, a citizen of California, a resident of the school district, a registered voter, and not disqualified by the Constitution or laws of the state from holding a civil office. However, any candidate running for this seat in the next General Election of November 2022 will only qualify to run if they reside in Trustee Area 2 at that time.

The Governing Board has broad authority to appoint an individual to fill the vacancy after deliberation and a majority vote of the Board, or they may call a special election to fill the vacancy. An at-large special election that is not consolidated with other agencies for shared costs, would cost the District approximately $287,390 to $373,607 or higher (28,739 registered voters in district; $10 per voter for all-mail election; or $13 or higher per voter for polling place election). Given this, at its meeting on Dec. 14, the Board voted to have a call for applications and make a provisional appointment to the Board. 

The last time the Board was faced with making a provisional appointment was in 2015 and the Board interviewed all applicants at a special meeting.  

The following provisional appointment process and timeline for filling the office of the seat vacated by Ms. Kertz is as follows: 

  • The Board fills the vacancy through a provisional appointment.
  • Staff prepare applications and accompanying materials to be available by December 15, 2020. 
  • Staff advertise the vacancy utilizing local media, social media, staff announcements, school and district newsletters, parent leader groups (HeadsUp, DELAC, PIQUE program graduates) and the district’s website on December 15, 2020.
  • Candidates meet with the superintendent to discuss roles and responsibilities on January 15, 2021.
  • The date for the return of applications will be set for Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.
  • Public interviews of candidates takes place at a Special Board meeting on Monday, January 25, 2021, at 4:00 PM.
  • The candidate is selected at the January 25, 2021 Special Meeting, and sworn into office at the January 25, 2021 Regular Meeting. 
  • The new trustee is available to attend a Board Retreat on January 28, 2021. 

Previous Updates

November 2020 Board Election Results

The November 2020 election brought changes to our San Rafael City Schools Board of Education. In our first election under the Trustee Areas system, Trustee Areas 1, 3 and 5 were up for election. Here are some important updates as a result:

  1. Gina Daly was elected to represent Area 1 (filling departing Board Member Greg Knell's seat)
  2. Current Board Member Linda M. Jackson ran unopposed to represent Area 3
  3. Marina Palma ran unopposed to represent Area 5 (filling departing Board Member Maika Llorens Gulati's seat)
  4. Rachel Kertz, who currently represents Area 2, was elected to the San Rafael City Council. This means that her seat on the SRCS Board will be vacant in December. More information about the process to fill that seat will be shared in the near future.  

Since the SRCS Board is a part of the San Rafael City Charter, Gina and Marina will be sworn in at the City Council meeting on Dec. 7; they will also be sworn in at the SRCS Dec. 14 Board meeting, which will be their first meeting. 

Board Member Natu Tuatagaloa currently represents Area 4. Areas 2 and 4 are up for election in 2022 and will be under the new Trustee Area system. 
 

Trustee Area System in Effect for Nov. 2020 Election

A new system for how San Rafael City Schools Board of Education members are elected is in effect for the upcoming November 2020 election. Previously, Board members were elected "at-large," where each member was elected by voters throughout the District’s territory. Under the new system, the Board members are elected by-trustee-area; they are required to live in the area they represent and are elected only by the registered voters of that area. Click here for the final map of the Trustee Areas, which was adopted after a public mapping process that included a series of public hearings and community sessions. Please note that the City of San Rafael also recently moved to District elections, but they have different boundaries and structure than the SRCS Board. 

The next General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 for SRCS Board Trustee Areas 1, 3 and 5. The candidates who qualified are below.

Trustee Area 1                              Trustee Area 3                                Trustee Area 5

Gina Daly                                         Linda M. Jackson                              Marina Palma
Samantha Ramirez 

Because the SRCS Board of Education is part of the City of San Rafael charter, the Board elections are part of the City's process. Learn more about the election and the candidates. Pending County completion of counting mail-in ballots, the three 2020-24 Board members will be sworn in on Dec. 7 at 7 pm at the San Rafael City Council Virtual Meeting.

 

Candidate Forums

Canal Alliance hosted a series of candidate forums focused on issues impacting the Latino

community in San Rafael. 

The League of Women Voters of Marin County partnered with organizations throughout the county to bring a robust schedule of “Meet the Candidate” forums to the public. 

The Federation of San Rafael Neighborhoods is hosting a virtual forum on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 7 pm for candidates contending for local offices, including the Board of Education. Learn more

Note: Some candidate forums do not include uncontested candidates. If we learn about additional candidate forums, we will post information here.

 

Running for the SRCS Board of Education

UPDATE: The nomination period for the San Rafael City Schools Board of Education seat for AREA 5 only has been extended to to Wednesday, August 12 because an incumbent officeholder did not file.

If you’re inspired and feel a calling toward public service, take note that the nomination period for the San Rafael City Schools Board of Education is open from  July 13 through 5 p.m. Friday, August 7, with an extension to Wednesday, August 12, if an incumbent officeholder does not file. This is for open Board seats for the November 3, 2020, General Election.

Because San Rafael City Schools Board of Education is part of the City of San Rafael charter, running for a Board seat is part of the City's electron process. Visit their website for information, including:

The Marin County Office of Education will be hosting a series of workshops for School Board trustees and trustee candidates on August 17, 18, 19 and 20, 2020, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm each night. The workshop series will be held virtually via Zoom and will be recorded and available for viewing afterwards.  Participation is encouraged during each event so that participants can submit questions. 

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District Elections for the SRCS Board

SRCS recently changed the way that Board of Education members are elected. Previously, Board members were elected "at-large," where each member is elected by voters throughout the District’s territory. Under the new system, the Board members will be elected by-trustee-area; they will be required to live in the area they represent and will be elected only by the registered voters of that area. The new system is in effect for the upcoming SRCS Board of Education election in November 2020. 

Following a public mapping process that included a series of public hearings and community sessions, the Board adopted a map to identify the trustee area boundaries and the associated election sequence. The final map is below. 

In November 2020, the seats are open in the following trustee areas: Area 1, Area 3 and Area 5. 

More background information.