PLEASANT HILL -- The Contra Costa County Board of Education is seeking applicants to fill a board vacancy due to the death of Trustee Ellen Elster.

Trustees voted March 19 to appoint someone to serve the rest of Elster's term, which expires in November, rather than hold a special election.

Applications will be accepted through April 28 from residents of the central county area represented by Elster, which includes Crockett, Hercules, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Port Costa, Rodeo, and parts of Alamo, Concord, Martinez, Pacheco, Pinole, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, and Walnut Creek.

The board will hold public interviews and make its provisional appointment May 7. The seat will be up for election in November.

Those interested in applying can call 925-942-3407. School district and County Office of Education employees are not eligible.