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Resignation opens spot on Medford School Board

The Medford School District has a vacancy on its School Board following the June resignation of former Vice Chair Michael Campbell.

Campbell resigned effective June 30 because his family had moved outside of the district’s boundaries. Oregon law requires that school board directors reside within the school district they serve.

Campbell, who was elected to the board in 2015, said he was disappointed to learn that maintaining ownership of his family’s former residence within school district boundaries, where they will continue to pay property taxes, would not qualify him to keep his seat.

“I’m disappointed that it has to end early for me, but it’s been really an incredible experience,” he said. In particular, “being able to hand kids their diploma (at graduation) put everything into perspective about the work we volunteer to do.”

The Medford School District has set a deadline of July 27 for district residents to apply to fill Campbell’s seat for the duration of the term, which expires June 30, 2019.

Applicants need to have lived in the district for at least one year, be at least 18 years old and cannot be a district employee. Applicants can apply on the district website at https://bit.ly/2Jh9h1f.

Natalie Hurd, spokeswoman for the district, said Karen Starchvick, who had been chair of the School Board from July 2016 onward, had stepped down as chair. Cynthia Wright and Suzanne Messer now fill the positions of chair and vice-chair, respectively.

Hurd said the board is not compelled to fill the vacancy immediately. The board can keep an opening for up to a year and a half.

Hurd said board members plan to conduct interviews with applicants at the regularly scheduled meeting Aug. 1.

“They deliberate and could make a decision and could even give them oaths of office that night,” she said. “They could also choose not to appoint anybody.”

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Kaylee Tornay at ktornay@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4497. Follow her on Twitter @ka_tornay.

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