Allen resigns from school board
By Brian L. Gray
Mandan School Board member Beth Allen, citing personal reasons, has resigned from her position on the school board. Her resignation went into effect immediately.
Allen was elected to the board in 2009, and is on her second three-year term of service, which expires in 2015. She works as an administrative assistant for ag education with the State of North Dakota.
Allen submitted her letter of resignation on March 11 to Superintendent Mike Bitz. She cited the need to spend more time with family as a reason for resigning, as her daughter has been dealing with health issues.
Due to the timing of her resignation, the school district is unable to add Allen’s open seat to the election in June, so the school district will now be appointing a new member to complete Allen’s term of service.
The replacement board member who is appointed the position will serve for one year and then would have to run again in the 2014 election for the full three-year term.
Allen served as the board’s rural representative, which Bitz said will make it more challenging to find a replacement, as the new member must live outside the city limits.
The district is hoping to have a number of candidates to choose from during its next regular board meeting on April 2, and have the new member appointed by April 11.
Board member Kirsten Baesler thanked Allen for her years of service on the board, crediting the large role she played in representing the rural community.
“It’s been an honor to work with you, with your commitment and passion for kids, which continues to be evident in the reason for your quitting, in order to spend more time with your kids and family,” Baesler said.