School board VP resigns
For the past seven years, Randy Cunningham has helped make decisions and shape district policy as a member of the Basehor-Linwood School Board.
However, next Monday night, the school board will meet without Cunningham, the board's current vice-president.
Last week, he officially resigned from the school board.
"I need to spend extra time with my family and my business is growing," Cunningham said as to why he was resigning with less than a year left on his term.
Cunningham owns the Basehor office of Re/Max All-American Real Estate at 14500 Parallel Street.
Cunningham has also resigned from the Basehor Chamber of Commerce board of directors for the same reasons, he said.
"Last year, I don't think I made one of my daughter's soccer games and I'm not very proud of that," Cunningham said.
"Real estate is a seven-day-a-week job," he added. "Sometimes you wish you had more than 24 hours in a day."
The school board will begin the process of finding a replacement for Cunningham at a workshop Monday, May 6.
A new school board vice-president will be elected during the Monday night meeting, school district officials said.
Cunningham's replacement would be appointed at the May 20 school board meeting.
School Board president Kerry Mueller said board members could make an outright appointment or interview candidates interested for the open seat.
The appointment would take effect at the June meeting, Mueller said.
Cunningham said the school district is in good hands with the remaining members of the board.
"We have a board that works hard and works extremely well together," Cunningham said.
Cunningham said some of his proudest achievements as a member of the school board were getting the high school bond issue passed in 1997, the board implementing health insurance for district employees in 2000 and hiring qualified teachers and administrators.
"We have outstanding teachers and administrators here in this district," he said. "We have the best of the best here.
"In the last five years, we've worked very well together and we've got a lot accomplished."