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School Board Chair Leslee Boyd Resigns

District 833 is accepting applications for the position, which will be vacated at the end of the calendar year.

The husband of current District 833 School Board Chair Leslee Boyd has taken a job in Oklahoma City, prompting her resignation from the board.

“If it wasn’t for that, I would certainly stay on the board,” she told Patch. “Because I love what I do.”

The announcement about her resignation came during Thursday’s board meeting; it will become effective Dec. 31, according to a release from the district.

Oklahoma City is her husband’s hometown, and they lived there briefly in the 1990s when they first got married, Boyd said.

“While we will miss our friends here, I have always believed that thoughtful change is a good thing and I look forward to the new opportunities that this transition will bring for my family,” Boyd said in a statement. “It has been a privilege to serve the communities of South Washington County as a member of the school board. In addition, I had the honor of being unanimously selected by my colleagues as Board Chair for the past three years. The time I have spent in those roles has been incredibly rewarding.”

Boyd, a Woodbury resident re-elected in 2011, said her time on the board has provided “a unique opportunity to serve our communities and work with a talented staff toward a common goal of improving education for our children.

“I know I will miss the challenges, but with a tremendous foundation in place for our school district, under the leadership of Dr. Jacobus, I am confident that South Washington County Schools will reach even higher levels of excellence,” she said.

In a statement, Superintendent Keith Jacobus said he has “appreciated Leslee’s commitment to the kids of South Washington County Schools. Her leadership since January of 2008, will leave a lasting legacy for our students, parents and staff. We thank her for her vision and service.”

      Related: District 833 to Accept Applications for New School Board Member

 

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Susan Jackson October 26, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I''m glad she's resigning. She was one of the School Board members who decided that Mark Porter shouldn't continue as superintendent. This leaves one less board member to be "unelected" in the next election.
Lisa October 27, 2012 at 01:56 AM
It's too bad when people make judgements based on limited information. As an active school volunteer at both the district and building level I can tell you that a very large majority of the principals and administrators in our district would say that the new superintendent is better for our district and can site specific examples of improvement. I appreciate board members like Ms. Boyd who are able to make difficult decisions and stick with their convictions. Sticking up for a friendship is one thing, but I want the best possible superintendent for my kids!

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