March 22, 2002

Board Selects Appointment Process to Fill Vacant Trustee Seat

EL CAJON - The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board Tuesday approved an appointment process to fill the trustee seat that will become vacant upon the resignation of Gary Kendrick, who was elected this month to the El Cajon City Council.

"It is important that we move to a full five-member board as smoothly and efficiently as possible in order to tackle the tough issues facing the district," said Governing Board President Rick Alexander. "These include the potential impact of the state budget crisis on our students and the underfunding of our district compared to other districts."

Alexander said the new board member will be selected through a public process to serve until Nov. 3, 2002, the remainder of Kendrick's term on the college district governing board.

"I am confident that this open application process will attract a high caliber of candidates committed to serve the public," said Chancellor Omero Suarez.

Application packets will be available March 21-April 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Governing Board office in the district administration building at the north end of the Grossmont College campus. The address is 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon.

Applicants must be 18 years old, registered voters and reside within the boundaries of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. The district encompasses the following East County communities: Lakeside, Santee, El Cajon, Lemon Grove, La Mesa, Rancho San Diego, Spring Valley, Alpine, Jamul, Crest, Dehesa and beyond to the Imperial County line and the Mexican border.

All applications must be returned by noon April 4 to the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board Office, 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020. The application packet is to include a cover letter, resume and written answers to a list of questions.

The governing board approved the following criteria for evaluating candidates:

• Decision-making skills and experience

• Community understanding

• Motivation for service

• Understanding the role of the governing board

• Availability to serve the college district

• Names of the applicants will be released on April 5.

Board members will hold a special meeting April 11 to review the applications and, depending on the number of people who apply, will either proceed with interviews and make the appointment, or select finalists. If there is a need to narrow the list down to finalists, these applicants will be interviewed at the next regularly scheduled board meeting on April 16. Appointment of the new trustee will follow the interviews.

For more information about the application process, call the college district chancellor/governing board office at (619) 644-7570.

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