By John Glidden
With a noticeable empty seat Wednesday night, the Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education unanimously voted to seek applications from members of the public to fill the vacancy created by Richard Porter.
Porter, who teaches math and science at the Mare Island Health & Fitness Academy, confirmed that — despite winning election to the board on Nov. 4 — he would not accept the board seat, opting to stay as a teacher at the academy.
Due to state law, Porter can not serve on the board of education and teach in the district at the same time. Porter — who filed candidacy papers in August — suspended his campaign in early September to teach. Despite halting his campaign, more than 7,000 Vallejo voters decided to elect him, placing him second out of three available seats.