WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla School Board member Max Carrera will be leaving the board Aug. 1.
The board approved his resignation during its regular meeting Tuesday.
Board members have known of Carrera’s intent to resign from the board since April 7, when he sent an email to fellow members and district officials. His resignation was the only action item Tuesday’s meeting agenda.
The district stood by its decision to withhold the name of the resigning board member until Tuesday’s meeting, even though the action item was part of the meeting agenda made public on Friday. Communications Director Mark Higgins said he was simply following directives, but did not specify from whom.
Carrera told the Union-Bulletin on Monday that he was the board member who was resigning. He said he was stepping down to focus his time and attention to raising his teen son and young daughter as a single father and to care for his mother, whose health is declining.
In his April email to school officials, Carrera said he planned to step down June 30. The date was changed to Aug. 1 prior to Tuesday’s vote so Carrera would have more time to finish up his work as chairman of the Lincoln High School Facilities Committee. The group is gathering information to make a recommendation on whether to rebuild, remodel or choose a different direction for Lincoln’s aged facility.
Board president Anne Golden said applications would be available for Carrera’s seat starting Aug. 2, and the board will have 90 days to fill the vacancy. Golden said she expects the position to be filled by the end of October, if not sooner.
Carrera is in the middle of his second four-year term on the board. Carrera’s replacement would have to seek election in 2015 to remain on the board.
Maria P. Gonzalez can be reached at email@example.com or 526-8317.