Saline Area Schools Board of Education Trustee Amy Cattell has resigned, Superintendent Scot Graden confirmed Thursday.
Graden said Cattell had planned to leave in June, four years after she was elected to a four-year term – a term twice extended by changes to the election schedule.
"I decided that it would be best for the board to have the new member now, instead of then. This provides opportunity for continuity and team building," Cattell wrote.in her resignation letter.
Cattell also expressed gratitude for the community's support and said she may continue serving the district in other capacities.
"I would like to thank the community of Saline for their support. It has been an honor to serve the students of Saline Area Schools. I may continue to serve in other capacities, as I am committed to giving back and doing what's best for our students," Cattell wrote.
Graden said Cattell served the district well.
"Trustee Cattell has be a great asset to the Saline community. I thank her for her service and dedication to the community and students of Saline Area Schools. I greatly appreciate her time and efforts spent in the service to the district," Graden said.
Trustee Craig Hoeft said he was sgoing to miss Cattell at the board table.
"We worked well together. We saw a lot of things the same way, but even when we didn't, we worked through it and got along well," Hoeft said. "She'll be missed. She did a lot of good work for the school district and the community."
Cattell’s resignation is effective Monday. Because terms of former school board members Chuck Lesch and Lisa Slawson have expired, there will be just four board of education trustees until Tuesday’s board meeting, when new members Karen Delhey and Diane Friese join the board.
Cattell’s term, lengthened by one year when school board voted last year to extend terms from four to six years, ends Dec. 31, 2014. That's also when the terms of Craig Hoeft and Todd Carter expire. Hoeft, Carter and the appointed trustee would all be up for election November of 2014, should they choose to run.
Graden said the search for a replacement would begin after Tuesday’s board meeting, when the new board officers are elected. School board will discuss the vacancy at Tuesday's meeting.
Board policy stipulates that the board must vote on a successor, who must be elected by a majority of the remaining board. Vacancies must be filled within 30 days from the date of effective resignation. That means the district must fill the vacancy by Feb. 9.
Cattell was elected to a four-year term in 2009. She has worked in business and marketing and currently works for Arbor Hospice. She and her husband, Mike, have lived in the district for 21 years. Their children, Mike and Lindsay, are graduates of Saline Area Schools.
(This article has been corrected. Cattell's term expired in 2014.)