School board member Wayne Clift resigns to pursue graduate school
Hillsboro School Board member Wayne Clift has announced he will step down before the end of the year.
Clift announced on Tuesday that he would resign from the school board in December, leaving open a position he has filled for the past six years.
A former computer engineer at Intel and a father of four, Clift is currently attending graduate school at Portland State University. Clift has plans to become a high school math and science teacher.
"It's a really intense program," Clift told the Tribune on Wednesday. "I knew as we entered January that it was going to be even more intense, with a full-time student teaching coming up. That, along with juggling family concerns and life and activities, I decided I needed to dedicate myself to finishing this step in my career."
Clift serves in Position 7 on the school board. First elected in 2011, Clift won re-election in 2015.
The board will appoint someone to fill the remaining two years of Clift's term, but a timeline has not been announced.
The last time a Hillsboro School Board member resigned mid-term was 2011, after the resignation of board member Patti McLeod. Her seat on the board was filled within a month by Monte Akers, who served on the board for six years before he was defeated last may by board member Martin Granum.
Clift has been a longtime volunteer in the school district, serving on the budget committee and in area schools for years before joining the board. Clift is a Lego robotics coach at Poynter Middle School.
"(Serving on the school board) has been a fantastic experience," Clift said. "Teaching always been a trajectory along my path, and having my view from school board and seeing the work being done in the classrooms, and seeing so many great teachers do so much good work solidified my interest."
Clift served as the school board's chairman from 2015 to 2017, through some of the board's most controversial decisions. Last year, Clift voted with the majority to reject a plan that would have offered contraceptives to students at the district's medical clinic at Century High School. Clift said he wanted parents to be notified if their children sought contraceptives, but Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center — which operates the center — said state and federal confidentiality laws would prevent them from doing that.