Desert Sands's Board of Education Vacancy

Board of Education Vacancy

Board of Education Vacancy
Posted on 01/27/2022
Board of Education Vacancy

The Desert Sands Unified School District announces the immediate vacancy of a trustee position on the Board of Education in Trustee Area 2. The Board will be filling the seat by provisional appointment in accordance with Education Code sections 5091-5093 and Board Bylaw 9223. Interested citizens who meet the minimum legal qualifications are encouraged to submit an application.

To qualify for a seat on the Board of Education, a candidate must be 18 years of age or older, a California registered voter, a resident of the school district and of Trustee Area 2, not be disqualified by the Constitution or laws of California from holding civil office, and not be an employee of the school district (Education Code section 35107). Trustee Area 2 generally includes portions of Indian Wells, Bermuda Dunes, La Quinta, Indio, and Palm Desert. You can determine which trustee area you reside in by searching this interactive map or viewing the Trustee Area Map as a PDF.

Applications will be screened and qualified applicants will be notified of the date for candidate interviews. After interviewing the candidates, the Board intends to make a provisional appointment pursuant to Education Code sections 5091-5093. The appointment will last for the duration of the current term of the seat for Trustee Area 2, until December 2022, after which the seat will be subject to regular election.

Members of the Board meet once or twice per month on Tuesday evenings, in addition to occasional special meetings and Board workshops. The primary responsibilities of the Board are to set a direction for the district, provide a structure by establishing policies, ensure accountability and provide community leadership on behalf of the district and public education.

Completed application packets may be mailed via U.S. Postal Service or delivered in person to the District Education Center, 47-950 Dune Palms Road, La Quinta, CA 92253. Applications may also be submitted via email to [email protected]. All completed applications must be received no later than 10:00 a.m. February 07, 2022. For additional information, please contact Blanche Ramirez at 760-771-8500.


TIMELINE (subject to change)


  • Board member resignation effective 12:00 noon.
  • Legal counsel presentation at regular board meeting, followed by board action to fill the trustee vacancy by appointment.


  • Application period opens-Public notice via print media/post on website.


  • Application period closes at 10:00 a.m.

 02/07 - 02/10/2022 

  • Applicant screening conducted by board subcommittee.


  • Candidate interviews conducted in special session (public meeting prior to regular meeting); candidate appointed
  • Newly appointed candidate takes the Oath of Office and immediately assumes powers and duties of a board member. Provisional appointee holds office until Area 2 term expires December 2022.
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