Former Gladstone School Board Chair Greg Lind resigned July 15, the day after he was sworn into office for a second term.
A teacher in the David Douglas School District for 21 years, Lind easily won reelection with 62.8% of the May 18 vote.
Lind said he ran for reelection with the full intention of serving another full term, but then family considerations, including his two teenage daughters, took precedence over the volunteer position.
"Some people, maybe many people, wanted me to continue serving on the school board, and I hope that I haven't let them down, but I have to serve my family first," Lind said.
Rather than go through lengthy contract negotiations potentially lasting years, Lind said he was proud to have worked with fellow Gladstone School Board member Steve Stewart to simply extend the teachers' contract for another year. As in previous years, Gladstone teachers will be receiving a 3.5% cost-of-living increase during the upcoming school year, in a ratification agreement unanimously approved by the board at its June 9 meeting.
After oaths of office were administered to new and reelected board members on July 14, Stewart was appointed as board chair and board members chose Stacie Moncrief as their vice-chair.
"I have a renewed faith in the board," Lind said. "I had personal reasons to leave, and I saw that the district, the staff, the kids were in good hands. Gladstone schools are in better financial shape than many districts throughout the state. It was a pressure cooker, but I'm proud of how we came out. I feel fantastic about the future."
Lind is a 1987 graduate of Gladstone High School, where he coached the soccer and basketball teams. Although schools are expected to fully reopen this fall, he acknowledged that school reopening timelines and changing mask mandates are extremely controversial issues for schools to navigate.
"Overall, I'm so proud of Gladstone and proud that I live there, and on the way out the door as a board member, I'm glad that I'm not going to have to go through that again, but I'm proud of my small contribution during an extremely difficult time," Lind said.
He also praised Gladstone Superintendent Bob Stewart for his leadership of the school district.
"Bob did an outstanding job; there was no one better to be superintendent during that time," Lind said.
Voters in the Gladstone School District who are not district employees and have lived in the city for more than one year are qualified to apply for Lind's vacated School Board Position 6.
The remaining six board members plan to review applications from interested people, conduct interviews during a public meeting Aug. 25 or 26, at a time to be announced, and make the appointment at their meeting Sept. 8.
Gladstone schools' new board appointee will serve at least through spring 2023, when this person would have to file for election in order to serve the remaining two years of Lind's term.
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