Original article appeared On Modbee.com on 9/14/2012

Modesto City Schools trustees unanimously decided Thursday morning to fill the seat of Cathy Flores Hallinan with a provisional appointment, avoiding an estimated $125,000 cost to hold a special election.

Hallinan resigned Tuesday, citing work commitments, after nine months on the board.

The appointment will take effect 30 days after the choice is made and last until November 2013, when voters will elect someone for the remaining two years of Hallinan’s term.

Those interested must turn in applications to the district office reception desk by noon on Sept. 21. The forms will be available online and at the office, 426 Locust Ave. The board will conduct public interviews and make a choice no later than Oct. 3.