Petaluma school board seeks to fill vacancy following death of trustee

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The Petaluma school board is accepting applications for a trustee seat vacated after board member Frank Lynch died March 6 of prostate cancer. Lynch had served on the school board since 2017.

The board decided to avoid an election, estimated to cost the district $113,670, and instead opted for a provisional appointment process, according to a news release.

Candidates interested in the board’s fifth seat can obtain an application at or at the district office, 200 Douglas St.

The deadline is 4:30 p.m. April 10. Candidates must be 18 or older, a resident of the school district and a registered voter.

Qualified candidates will be interviewed during a public board meeting at 5:30 p.m. April 17. For details, call 707-778-4890.

You can reach Staff Writer Susan Minichiello at 707-521-5216 or On Twitter @susanmini.

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