A group of 15 teachers, parents and students plan to file a petition Friday seeking a Fresno Unified special election for the McLane High trustee seat.
Last month, Fresno Unified trustees appointed Christopher De La Cerda as the McLane High area trustee. He's scheduled to serve until 2014.
De La Cerda's appointment came over the objections of elementary teacher Mai Summer Vue and Eva Ruiz, president of the Fresno Teachers Association, who lobbied for a special election.
The district's legal counsel, Mary Beth de Goede, said at the time that a special election would cost about $125,000 and could not occur sooner than 130 days from the Nov. 7 board meeting. That would have meant at least several more months of no representation for the McLane High area. Tony Vang resigned the seat in September after a months-long controversy over whether he lived in the area.
On Thursday evening, Vue said the group had collected 529 signatures -- well above the 304 that the group's attorney said was needed.