By Jaime Thomas
Kathy Nelson, who has served on the Granville Board of Education for two decades, resigned after a school board meeting Tuesday night.
On Monday, Nelson cited health issues as her reason for leaving and said the same in a letter of resignation.
“Due to health considerations, it is with sincere regret that I hereby resign for the Granville Board of Education effective July 4, 2013. It has been a great honor to serve the citizens of Granville for these many years,” she wrote.
John Shaw, the reelected president of the board of education, said he was not aware Nelson was planning to resign but understands her choice.
“For her health purposes I think it was a good decision,” he said. Both District Superintendent Mark Bessen and McEachron said they’re grateful for Nelson’s service.
“The woman has served the community well for 20 years, and the knowledge she has of things that have gone on, that’s not something you can replace overnight,” Bessen said. “Our community has been very fortunate to have a citizen like Kathy Nelson to have served tirelessly and competently for these many years working for the children in the community.”
Nelson said it was an honor to have served for so long.
“I’ve learned so much, and I feel like I’ve served the kids of the school. It was a privilege to serve. I tried to keep the focus on the kids and the taxpayers, and that’s a tough balance,” Nelson said.
McEachron said she is sorry to see Nelson, a former school board president, go.
“She has served for a lot of years and done a lot for the community. Her seniority and knowledge will be sorely missed,” McEachron said, adding that Nelson had several reasons to resign.
“Everybody has to do what they think is right for them,” McEachron said.
Shaw said the board typically recruits recent members to fill a vacant spot in such a situation before reaching out to the general public. That means he would contact first Dale Olsen, who finished her term last month, and then Molly Celani if Olsen declines.
Nelson said she appreciates the staff in the Granville district and the relationships she built with them.
“There are a lot of good people on the board,” she said.