Jennifer Youstra, who was elected to the Portola Valley School District Board of Trustees in November 2015, resigned from her post on Sept. 8, effective immediately. Her term, which was her first, was to expire in December 2019.
District Superintendent Eric Hartwig, who announced Ms. Youstra’s resignation in a Sept. 11 emailed statement, told the Almanac he is recommending that the vacant seat be filled by board appointment. The board will vote on the recommendation at its Sept. 27 meeting; the item is on the consent calendar, he said.
If the board approves the recommended process, the appointment would be made at its Oct. 25 meeting, Mr. Hartwig said.
Mr. Hartwig said the board has two options for filling the vacancy: call for a special election, or appoint a new member within 60 days of Ms. Youstra’s resignation. He said he’s recommending the appointment option because a special election would be costly, and it “could be confusing to the electorate given the regularly scheduled election” on Nov. 7.
Ms. Youstra has had a child attending Portola Valley district schools for 11 years, but her last child left the district in June, according to Mr. Hartwig. He said that in resigning, Ms. Youstra noted that she wanted to create an opportunity for a parent with children in the district to occupy her seat on the board.
Ms. Youstra could not be reached for comment for this story. Her two-sentence resignation letter gave no reason for her decision to resign her post.
If the appointment process is approved, Ms. Youstra’s seat will be filled just before the November election of three board members to three-year terms. Karen Tate, Caitha Ambler and Tim McAdam will wind…
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