UPDATE 4/21: The Alameda County Office of Education is reviewing the petition deadline matter. Legal counsel is looking over “all relevant areas,” according to a spokesperson. They don’t expect to have a decision until early next week.
That’s the title of the presentation to be given at a special Hayward Unified board meeting tomorrow evening. It will be a chance for the public to hear interim superintendent Janis Duran’s recommendations for cuts.
In other news, there’s a bit of confusion regarding when the signatures are due for the petition that’s going around, calling for a special election. School officials point to the California Educational Code, which states:
c) (1) If a provisional appointment is made … the registered voters of the district may, within 30 days from the date of the appointment, petition for the conduct of a special election to fill the vacancy.
Officials say the appointment was made at the March 17 special board meeting and the time was up last Friday. According to their Web site, Bock and supporters turned in more than 100 signatures last week, but they need approximately 1,000.
Bock disagrees with the timeframe, and said they have 30 days from the date Jesus Armas was sworn in, which would give them through this week to collect the signatures.
“We explained the whole sequence with the registrar of voters, and it was affirmed that (Armas) took office when he was sworn in,” Bock said. “People don’t officially hold a position until they are sworn into it.”
More on this to come…