By Ken Stone
Stacy Brandt, a spokeswoman for the San Diego County Office of Education, on Thursday confirmed that enough petition signatures were certified by the county Registrar of Voters Office on Wednesday to remove Humes from his Area 5 seat.
“Details are being worked out on when the special election will be held,” Brandt told Times of San Diego. “The county superintendent of schools will order the election shortly to be conducted in accordance with Ed. Code section 5091(c)(2).“
North Coast Current first reported the Humes news.
“With the dismissal,” the paper said, “Humes was not able to participate in this week’s scheduled meetings and school ceremonies as a trustee.”
Humes wasn’t immediately available for comment and the school district didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
District trustees on April 22 named Humes — the first Black on the school board — to fill the Area 5 seat, vacated by Kristin Gibson on March 29.
The board interviewed seven candidates, and board president Mo Muir was quoted as saying: “This is the toughest decision we’ve ever had. We were so lucky we had so many people who were so qualified.”
Ty Humes’ website urged district members not to sign the petition.
“Ty Humes is a well-respected member of the community and the right person for the job,” it said. “Email the San Diego County Registrar of Voters … Explain that you would like to have your signature removed from the petition for a special election for SDUHSD Trustee Area 5.”
Area 5 is portions of Carmel Valley, which includes Canyon Crest Academy high school and Pacific Trails Middle School. The district also takes in Encinitas, portions of southeastern Carlsbad and west San Marcos, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe and Carmel Valley.
Meanwhile, the San Dieguito Faculty Association, a teachers union, is seeking to recall Area 4 Trustee Michael Allman, who was served notice of the effort in May.
Union President Duncan Brown said May 20 that over 700 signatures in the Humes matter were collected in a joint effort between the union and district parents.
Humes’ provisional appointment as a trustee was thus terminated. The county has 130 days to schedule an election, with costs reportedly estimated to be as much as $650,000.
This article was originally published by Times of San Diego.