By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium
ST. JOSEPH — Another trustee is leaving the St. Joseph Board of Education.
Corey Carolla resigned Tuesday after notifying the board of his decision. According to a district press release, Carolla resigned because he accepted a position that will take him and his family out of the area.
“It is with great regret that I will not be a part of this amazing team any longer,” Carolla stated in the release. “I will truly miss the professionalism, leadership and commitment to the district by my fellow board members, the administration, staff, parents and the students.”
According to Herald-Palladium archives, Carolla was elected to the board in November 2014 to take the seat vacated by Bill Chickering, who ran for a spot on the Berrien County Board of Commissioners.
At the time he was elected, Carolla was the senior director of business and community development for Kinexus – having been with the work force development agency since February 2012.
Superintendent Ann Cardon and Board President Amy Porritt-Peirce released joint statements in response to Carolla’s decision.
“I am sad to see Corey leave the Board of Education,” Cardon wrote. “We wish Corey great success in his new endeavors.”
Porritt-Peirce added, “We are sorry to see Corey leave the Board of Education and our community. We appreciated his insights on public education and wish him and his family the very best.”
Carolla’s term would have expired in 2018.
Finding another trustee
The board still has several applications from the last vacancy in January from when Tamara Patrick resigned as the board’s vice president. Cardon said they planned to refer to those applications to fill the current vacancy.
Like Carolla, Patrick also accepted a job that required her to move out of the area.
Instead of holding formal interviews like the board did with the previous vacancy, Cardon said trustees are reaching out to the potential applicants because the position would only be held until the November election.
The person appointed to Carolla’s seat will have the opportunity to apply for an open seat in the November election. Since Patrick’s replacement, Barry Conybeare, was named to the board in February, there are now two two-year positions and one six-year position up for a vote on the November ballot.
Cardon said the board wants to have the new board member sworn in at the April 11 board meeting.
There will be no April 4 study session, as it coincides with the district’s spring break.