MILTON-FREEWATER — School board member Sharee LaRue-Wright has announced her resignation from the board, just over a month before her term as a board member was up.
LaRue-Wright had not sought re-election of her position 5 seat. Voters will decide on May 17 whether to elect Tara Lewis, or Kelly Kessler to the seat.
Also up for election is position 1, currently held by George Gillette. The Umatilla County Elections office shows that seat being sought unopposed by Michael Lesko. The remaining seat up for election, position 7 and held by Ken Sloan, is being challenged by Yvonne Olesen.
New board members would begin their terms on July 1. So if LaRue-Wright's resignation is accepted by the board, there will likely be a vacant board position until that date. The board may also choose to seek a replacement for the position until the new board member begins.
LaRue-Wright left the board's regular meeting Tuesday night suddenly, near its start, and before any action items could be voted on. That left four board members present to cast votes.
In her resignation, LaRue-Wright cites personal conflicts with current board chairman, Don Miller, as well as hearsay on his conduct throughout the district. LaRue-Wright was challenging a statistic on national graduation rates cited by Miller during Tuesday's meeting when she walked out. She submitted her resignation later that night.
Sharee Larue-wright formal resignation