September 2, 2014

School board members announce resignations

Shelta Collins

Shelta Collins

It’s rumor no more. According to a district update from USD 231 interim Superintendent Christy Ziegler, Shelta Collins and Tim Rayburn are resigning from the board of education.
Collins was elected to the board last April and entered into office over the summer.
She submitted a resignation letter to the district saying she is relocating out of state in September. She has not returned phone calls from The Gardner News.
Rayburn confirmed to Ziegler by word-of-mouth that he, too, will be relocating out of state.  He will continue on the board until a replacement has been named. The Gardner News has not been able to reach Rayburn either.
State statute requires the board to issue public notice of the vacancies, and wait at least 15 days before appointing replacements. However, there is a discrepancy between the district’s replacement policy and state statute.

Tim Rayburn

Tim Rayburn

District policy reads that a replacement shall be named within 15 days. According to the board memo, state statute governs the board and the district policy will be amended in the future.

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