GUSD School Board President Pam Kinsley Resigns – Board of Trustees Seeks to Appoint New Member

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On Wednesday night, the Goleta Union School District (GUSD) Board of Trustees approved a process to select an interim board member who will replace Pam Kinsley. Ms. Kinsley confirmed her resignation this week after announcing her intention to resign at a meeting earlier this month. Kinsley was elected to serve on the GUSD Board in November 2000 after retiring from a 30-year career as a classroom teacher in the Santa Barbara School District. When Kinsley stepped down for personal reasons, she left a vacancy that the Board will fill by appointment within 60 days.

The Board encourages interested community members to learn about the position and consider applying to fill the remaining portion of Kinsley’s term, which runs through the December 5, 2014. The community member selected by the Board to complete Kinsley’s term will be eligible to run for election this November to serve the next full term, which runs through December of 2018.

The Goleta Union School District consists of nine elementary schools serving approximately 3,600 preschool through sixth grade students in the communities of Goleta, Isla Vista and portions of the unincorporated area between Goleta and Santa Barbara.

Members of the Board of Trustees attend meetings every three weeks on Wednesday nights and participate in a variety of school district committees. The Board oversees the District’s 38 million dollar annual budget and sets policies impacting more than 300 employees. According to the California School Board Association, the role of the board is to be responsive to the values, beliefs, and priorities of its community. The board fulfills this role by performing five major responsibilities which include setting the direction for the community’s schools, establishing an effective and efficient structure for the school district, providing support, ensuring accountability to the public, and acting as community leaders.

The requirements to serve as a board member include being at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the State of California, a resident of the Goleta Union School District attendance area, a registered voter, and not disqualified by the Constitution or laws of the State from holding a civil office.

Information sessions for interested candidates will be held at the following times at the GUSD District Offices at 401 N. Fairview Avenue, Goleta, CA:

  • Wednesday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 12 at 12:30 p.m.

To be considered for appointment, candidates must submit a Letter of Interest and one or two letters of recommendation. Submission of a personal resume is optional. More information about the selection process and a required template for Letter of Interest is available here. Click here for a PDF version or here for a DOCX (Word) version. 

Qualified candidates who submit application materials before 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 24 will be interviewed at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees scheduled at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 31. The School Board will make a provisional trustee appointment following candidate interviews.

Application materials may be submitted by email to William Banning  (, faxed to the District at (805) 692-0857, or personally delivered to Mr. Banning at 401 N. Fairview Avenue, Goleta, California.

Reservation of Rights by Board of Trustees:  The Board reserves the right to waive any irregularities except for late submission of applications and the failure to meet statutory eligibility requirements for appointment as a Board member. The Board further reserves the right to appoint an applicant in accordance with the Board’s process and timeline which may be subject to change at the discretion of the Board.  

William Banning
Goleta Union School District
401 North Fairview Avenue
Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 681-1200 ext. 201