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School board member Angela Swanson resigns

Sara Thompson / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Citing the time demands of looking for a new job, school board member Angela Swanson resigned at Tuesday night’s board meeting.

A few months ago, Swanson was laid off from her job as an education planning consultant for a Sacramento company. She said it’s been an economic struggle to balance her role as a board member while looking for a new job to support her family.

“The nature of my profession created scheduling difficulties in the past,” the first-term Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board member wrote in a resignation letter. “Now, as I am trying to build a practice, the conflicts have grown worse. For me there is only one way to be a board member ” hands-on and interacting with the educational team. When I realized that I could no longer meet that expectation, I knew that I must take this step.”

Swanson gave her resignation letter to Superintendent of El Dorado County Office of Education Vicki Barber. Her final school board meeting will be April 28, and her official resignation date is May 1.

“This was the hardest decision to make,” Swanson said at the meeting. “I’m doing this to be responsible to the board and my family.”

The board will make an appointment rather than hold a special election, because Swanson’s seat is up for re-election in November, LTUSD spokeswoman Angie Keil said.

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Swanson said she never planned to run for a second term. She was elected in November 2005, along with Wendy David, who is currently board president and is serving her third term.

Since the vacancy opens more than four months before the end of Swanson’s term, the school board is required to either order an election, or make an appointment within 60 days of the vacancy, Keil said.

“Angela has contributed a tremendous amount to this district and will be sorely missed,” David said.

Swanson said it’s a good time to leave because Measure G construction projects are almost ready to begin. She said the board will address several important issues, including a May 19 special election by the California State Legislature, which could affect the district’s budget.

“I know it is best to step aside early enough to allow (the board) the opportunity to appoint someone to this seat who can devote the time required,” Swanson stated in her letter.

The board will approve procedures and timelines for the provisional appointment of a new board member April 28, Keil said.