CAMDEN — Preble Shawnee Board of Education President Candi Fyffee resigned from her position, effective Nov. 15, because she is moving out of the district.
This change will only affect the December meeting, as three new board members will be inducted in January. However, a new president did have to be appointed, as will a temporary board member.
Fyffe issued her resignation during a board of education meeting held on Thursday, Nov. 9.
The new president is board member Jeff Wood and the board discussed simply appointing the highest scoring board candidate as the new member.
That decision was not technically made, as the board has to wait 10 days after Fyffe’s resignation to make the decision. The new member will be inducted during the December board meeting.
“Fortunately, my ex-husband and I are reconciling. We have decided to rent a home, which is a beautiful home, outside the district,” Fyffe said. “To that end, instead of finishing my term, I will have to resign tonight. It is a bitter sweet moment for me. I will be putting my resignation out to the board in a few moments and they will have to approve it.
“I did want to say a few things. It has been a pleasure to serve. I feel like over the last four years the board has changed dramatically in personality. I feel like it has changed business sense and hopefully I have made some positive impact while I’ve been here. I haven’t pleased everyone, but I didn’t set out to do that when I took this job.
“Also, it has opened my eyes to what a board member is actually involved with. Those who will continue to serve and those who are about to begin to serve, your eyes will be opened as well. There is a lot that is involved with this job and the public doesn’t know about all of it.
“This is not what I wanted, I wanted to finish my term, but my family will always be the most important thing to me, and no one is going to convince me differently. That is why I am going to be resigning tonight.”
She also had pleas for the future board on what she hopes they will pursue in the future.
She said, “I hope the future board will consider, once again, drug screens for extracurriculars. I couldn’t get all of support for that, but I do hope they will consider that again. I do hope that the incoming board will consider a building project going forward. Maybe working together to figure out what the community will support. I think it is very important and I will be one of those who will continue to monitor the situation.”
The board accepted her resignation after thanking her for her service. Then Wood was appointed and sworn in as board president.
“Legally, the board cannot replace this position until no earlier than 10 days and no later than 30 days,” Superintendent Matt Bishop added. “Our regular board meeting on Dec. 7 will fall within that window. One of the first things we will do is swear in a new board member.
“In a normal situation where it might be the middle of the term, the board might not have someone in mind, so they would advertise the opening and have a special board meeting. However, we had an election just happening and we only have two meetings left. It might be something that the board just consider looking at the most recent election and taking the top vote-getter.”
That decision will officially be made on Thursday, Dec. 7 during the regular board of education meeting.
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