Related story: Ontario City Council embraces new member Paul Vincent Avila
ONTARIO - Despite his election to the City Council on Nov. 6, Paul Vincent Avila made it clear on Thursday night he does not want to leave his post as a board member of the Ontario-Montclair School District.
Avila, who has been a board member for the past 16 years, was told by the school district's attorney, during the school board meeting, that there is a law that prohibits him from serving on the City Council and school board at the same time. "I'm afraid by leaving we are going to go backward," Avila said speaking at length about his desire not to leave the board.
During the meeting, the school board was given the several options on how fill Avila's board seat, including appointing a successor, holding a special election, or leaving the decision up to the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools.
Avila questioned the process and whether it would be transparent.
The board did not take any action and will address it again at its next meeting on Dec. 13. By that time, Avila is expected to have started his term as an Ontario councilman. The City Council will meet Dec. 4. Once Avila is sworn in as a City Council member, he automatically loses his post with the school district.