Burbank Unified officials have set in motion steps to replace outgoing school board President Debbie Kukta via a special appointment.
Kukta announced her resignation last week after being appointed interim city treasurer by the Burbank City Council. The remaining board members will follow a traditional rotation, with Vice President Larry Applebaum assuming the presidency and Clerk Dave Kemp assuming the vice presidency.
“It is going to be a big set of shoes to fill, whoever takes the seat she occupies right now,” Applebaum said as he bid farewell to Kukta during her final school board meeting Thursday. “She brings an immense amount of detail orientation to a job which requires it in a lot of instances, and sometimes it is hard to muster the desire to really get into that level of minutiae.”
Options to address an empty school board seat midterm include leaving it vacant until a regularly scheduled election, appointing a replacement or holding a special election. Acting on a recommendation from Burbank Unified Supt. Jan Britz, board members voted Thursday to fill the newly vacant seat by appointment.