Archive for Thursday, June 15, 2006

School board member leaving

June 15, 2006

Lansing school board member Karalin Alsdurf announced her resignation at the board's meeting this week.

The board accepted Alsdurf's resignation, but not before Board President Brian Bode offered his thanks and appreciation for the work she has done for the board and the community.

"It is with mixed emotions that I move to accept the resignation of Karalin Alsdurf," Bode said. "Again, our thanks. It's been a personal and professional pleasure.

Alsdurf's resignation comes as she prepares to move outside the district. She's moving to Johnson County, and Alsdurf cited "personal reasons" for her move, and had only positive remarks for the board and the work accomplished during her time on the board.

"It's a great group of people that really work together," Alsdurf said in a later interview with the Current. "Every time we're having a conversation, it always really comes down to what's the best for the children."

Alsdurf praised the experience she gained from the time she spent on the board, and cited the passing of the school bond issue as the most important while she sat on the board.

"It was a very educational experience," Alsdurf said. "You learn a lot more about what it takes to run a school district and to have quality, effective schools in your community."

The vacancy Alsdurf will leave presents a challenge for the board, which now faces the appointment of a temporary member just as the construction projects funded by the school bond issue are poised to begin.

Besides the time it will take to accept and review applications, some members like Shelly Gowdy, vice president of the board, are concerned about the time it will take to adequately prepare a new member for the issues that are at hand.

"I know that it is going to take some time to get someone up to speed," Gowdy said.

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