The board voted 4-2 Tuesday to hold a special election to fill the seat left by Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who died Dec. 5.
The vote took place after nearly 100 speakers shared thoughts on whether to appoint a replacement or elect one. The vote also means the district's legal team will suggest options for interim representation of Board District 1 during next week's meeting.
The board expressed preference for the primary election to take place June 3.
LaMotte died while attending an education conference in San Diego. She was 80.
City News Service contributed to this report.