Updated at 7:26 p.m. Feb. 16, 2016:
The San Diego Unified School District received 16 applications by Tuesday’s deadline from people seeking to finish out Marne Foster’s term on the Board of Education, and 13 of those candidates will compete for the position.
The applications were vetted by district officials to verify whether they were complete and the candidate was qualified, and it turned out three people who applied lived outside the district. The applications were expected to be posted on the district’s website later today.
Foster resigned two weeks ago, after pleading guilty to receiving financial gifts over the legal limit. She admitted that a benefactor gave her son money toward a theater camp in 2014 and paid for his airline tickets.
By law, Foster could only accept a gift of $460 per year, said Deputy District Attorney Leon Schorr.
Foster, 47, was accused of abusing her powers with her alleged involvement in a staff shakeup at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts; being secretly behind a $250,000 claim against the district filed by her son’s father that accused the school of sabotaging the youngster’s college plans; and holding a fundraiser to cover her son’s college expenses.
She was ultimately charged with just one misdemeanor count.
Candidates who are deemed eligible will have the opportunity to speak at a special Board of Education meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Herbert Ibarra Elementary School, 4877 Orange Ave.
Board members plan to deliberate after hearing from the applicants before choosing three finalists. The final three will be allowed to speak again at a meeting on Feb. 23, when one of them could be selected for the seat.
The seat representing Southeast San Diego is up for election this year, so board members opted against holding a special election to fill the position.
–City News Service