The Gilbert Unified School District governing board was informed Tuesday night that board member Shane Stapley is resigning his elected seat, effective March 10.
Board president EJ Anderson read Stapley’s letter at the start of Tuesday’s regular board meeting:
“It is with regret that due to current circumstances, I am providing notice of my resignation from office as a Gilbert Schools Governing Board Member effective March 10, 2012, due to a change of primary residence out of the GPS boundaries,” the letter stated.
Stapley was elected in November 2010. His term was to end Dec. 31, 2014.
Stapley did not speak during the meeting about his resignation, but afterward, he told the Tribune that he and his family are moving into home that is in the Higley Unified School District, but still in Gilbert.
“We wanted to stay in Gilbert (school district). We spent weeks looking for a home, but unfortunately, it didn’t pan out that way,” he said.
As per policy, there will be a call for applications to fill the position. The district superintendent, governing board president and a teacher representative will provide up to three recommendations to Maricopa County Schools Superintendent Don Covey. They can then attend the next governing board nomination workshop on April 21. Covey will then make an appointment.
But because there is an election in November, that person will only fill the spot until Dec. 31, 2012. A two-year term – to fill the remainder of Stapley’s current term – will be placed on the ballot, according to a spokesperson for Covey’s office, the Maricopa County Education Services Agency.
Any person assigned to fill the position would have to collect signatures and become a candidate, just as any other person seeking the position.
Already, there are three four-year positions on the ballot for November: Anderson has said she will seek re-election, as has board member Lily Tram. Board member Helen Hollands – who is finishing her third term on the board – has said she will not seek re-election. Hollands was recently hired by the Mesa Unified School District to lead marketing and community relations efforts.
Information about applying for the open position will be available soon on the Gilbert Unified School District, said spokesman Dianne Bowers. The district site is gilbertschools.net.
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