Everett School Board president abruptly resigns
District accepting vacancy applications through Dec. 20
EVERETT - The Everett School Board is seeking candidates to replace board president Jeff Russell, who unexpectedly resigned Dec. 1.
Russell also is on leave and reportedly resigned from his post as lead pastor of Everett’s Central Lutheran Church where he had led since 1991.
A Central Lutheran employee reached last week could not say when or if Russell would be back. A call to the region’s bishop was not returned.
The Everett School Board is taking applications for Russell’s seat until 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20. To apply, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The term lasts through 2015.
The board is also taking candidate nominations from the public until 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 by e-mailing email@example.com.
School board vice president Carol Andrews is now president.
Registered voters within the district boundaries may apply or be nominated. Nominees need to apply if they want to be considered. Application information will be provided back by replies from the superintendent’s e-mail.
Up to five finalists will be put through a public interview process at a special Thursday, Jan. 9 board meeting starting at 3 p.m.
In his resignation letter, Russell wrote that he made a positive difference, but it was “increasingly clear that at this point in my life I am in need of change” and that he would be taking time away to reflect and “to restore emotional health and balance in my personal and professional life.”
He did not elaborate further in his four-paragraph letter.
District officials were quoted in media as being surprised by the resignation.
Superintendent Gary Cohn cheered Russell’s four years on the board in a statement.
“During Mr. Russell’s term on the board, he was a tireless advocate for students, staff and community through some of the most difficult budgetary times I’ve seen in Washington’s public education,” Cohn said.
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