Applications for school board vacancy due Aug. 4
Paul Mitchell has resigned from the Chino Valley Unified School District Governing Board, effective immediately.
Mitchell's chair was empty at the July 12 school board meeting and will remain empty until the Nov. 2 general election.
Mitchell submitted his resignation to Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter in a letter dated June 29.
Mitchell has served on the CVUSD governing board for the past three and a half years. He told Carter that he is resigning because he is frequently out of town because of work.
"While I am personally saddened to leave the board, I am confident that the remaining board members, Superintendent Noggle and the entire staff of the CVUSD will continue their dedicated work to educate our community's children," Mitchell wrote.
The governing board accepted, with regret, Mitchell's resignation.
Board President Travis Bard said of Mitchell, "His commitment to the kids in this district is extreme. I can't thank him enough for what he has done."
The rest of board members expressed their appreciation of Mitchell's dedication to the community.
"I am going to miss him," said Peter Atonna.
School district governing board four-year terms end on a rotating basis - two seats one election cycle and three the next cycle. Mitchell's term and Bard's are up for re-election. CVUSD voters will fill Mitchell's seat during the November election. If Bard seeks re-election, voters could either return him to the governing board or elect someone else. The filing deadline for school board candidates is Aug. 4.
Despite several options, including calling a special election and having Carter appoint someone for the remainder of Mitchell's term, the CVUSD governing board chose to wait until the November election to fill the vacant seat.
Bard mentioned that by leaving the position empty, the board risks "not having a tie-breaker vote."
Atonna noted that three members still create a quorum and three votes is a majority. A two-two vote, he said, would be a no vote.