Santa Barbara Unified’s Board of Trustees appointed William Banning to fill a vacant seat during a Special Meeting Thursday.
Mr. Banning was sworn in after the board unanimously voted to appoint him.
The newly appointed Trustee will take a seat on the board at the January 24 meeting.
Two special hearings were held over the last week to interview 12 applicants for the vacancy.
Mr. Banning will replace Supervisor Laura Capps, who stepped down from her At-Large Trustee Area 2 position in November 2022.
Mr. Banning will complete the remaining At-Large elected term and, at this time, is not required to live in Trustee Area 2.
In February 2022, the District changed elections from At-Large to by Trustee Area to comply with the California Voting Rights Act. By November 2024, the seat must be filled by a candidate that resides in Trustee Area 2 Map.