The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education will vote later this month on a resolution calling for a March 5, 2019, special election to fill the board seat left vacant by the resignation of Ref Rodriguez.

Rodriguez stepped down in late July after pleading guilty to conspiracy and other charges for laundering campaign donations from family and friends.

The special election is being proposed in a resolution jointly introduced by board President Monica Garcia and Vice President Nick Melvoin. The board is scheduled to vote on the proposal Aug. 21.

The Los Angeles Times reported that board member Scott Schmerelson has introduced a resolution, also scheduled for an Aug. 21 vote, calling for the appointment of former board member Jackie Goldberg to the seat on an interim basis.

An LAUSD spokeswoman could not immediately confirm the report. The district issued a statement Friday saying, “As elected board members, our collective work is to ensure that the students, families, employees and all stakeholders of the school communities of Board District 5 are fully represented and receive uninterrupted services and support from L.A. Unified.”

The District 5 seat represents areas including Atwater Village, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Los Feliz, Mount Washington and Silver Lake.

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