At its August 15 meeting, the Sacramento County Board of Education provisionally appointed Bina Lefkovitz to fill the Area 1 seat held by Trustee Greg Geeting. Mr. Geeting announced on June 27 his intention to resign from the Board, effective August 26, 2017, or at such time as the Board appointed a new trustee and the trustee took office.
Bina Lefkovitz is an educational consultant and part-time faculty member at California State University, Sacramento where she teaches courses in youth development and leadership. She has a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Tulane University.
“We had an impressive list of applicants for the Trustee Area 1 position. Each candidate demonstrated a passion for education and the decision was difficult,” said Board President Brian M. Rivas. “I am confident that Bina possesses all the essential qualities that a Board member needs to make a positive impact on the students and families of Sacramento County.”
When a Board member resigns four or more months before the end of his or her term—within 60 days of the effective date of resignation—the Board must either order an election or make a provisional appointment to fill the vacancy. The Board considered those two options. According to the Sacramento County Voter Registration and Elections Department, a special election potentially could have cost the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) between $1.14 and $2.28 million.
The Area 1 Trustee represents the following communities: College Greens, Curtis Park, downtown and midtown Sacramento, East Sacramento, Elder Creek, Florin, Hollywood Park, Land Park, McKinley Park, River Park, Tahoe Park, Vintage Park, and portions of South Land Park and Vineyard. School districts in Area 1 include: a major portion of Sacramento City Unified, small portions of Elk Grove Unified, and Twin Rivers Unified.
Notice of Provisional Appointment
This provisional appointment shall become an effective appointment (pursuant to Education Code § 5091) unless a petition calling for a special election, containing a sufficient number of signatures, is filed in the office of the County Superintendent of Schools within 30 days (by September 14, 2017) of the provisional appointment.
Unless there is a special election, Ms. Lefkovitz will hold office as the Sacramento County Board of Education Trustee for Area 1 until the next regularly scheduled Board election in June 2018.