St. Joseph school board vice president resigns

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

ST. JOSEPH — St. Joseph school board Vice President Tamara Patrick is slated to resign Jan. 15 after several years on the panel.

Patrick accepted a job that requires her to move out of state. Patrick’s current term expires in 2018.

Superintendent Ann Cardon and board President Amy Porritt-Peirce released a joint statement in response to Patrick’s departure.

“I am sad to see Tammy leave our school board. She has been a great asset to us and always brought profound insights and ideas to the table,” Cardon said. “Tammy’s professional and educational background has been tremendously helpful on so many levels and she will be hard to replace. Personally, I have grown immensely as a professional through my interactions with Tammy and will miss her very much.”

Porritt-Peirce added: “Tammy was a passionate board member who provided a very thoughtful approach with valuable insights on a variety of disciplines in education. We will certainly miss Tammy’s leadership and commitment to the health and well-being of St. Joseph Public Schools. We wish Tammy the very best.”

According to Herald-Palladium archives, Patrick replaced two-term incumbent Bill Schalk when she was first elected to the board in 2009.

The board held its lone January board meeting Monday, but also met for a special meeting Wednesday to discuss replacing Patrick.

Those interested in filling the position can pick up an application from the central office at 3275 Lincoln Ave., in St. Joseph.

Applications are due by 3 p.m Jan. 25 at the central office. Cardon said the board expects to have the next board member in place by Feb. 8, which is the board’s next regular meeting. The board also has a study session Feb. 1.

Applicants who can qualify for the board’s open position must be a U.S. resident, at least 18 years old, a Michigan resident for at least 30 days and a resident in the St. Joseph School District by Feb. 1. Applicants are not required to be property owners.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Jan. 8, 2016)

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