Horton to leave Wheatland Center School Board, but staying on as coach

Wheatland Center School Board Vice President Kandi Horton has submitted a letter resigning her position on the School Board, district administrator Jason Tadlock announced today.

Horton’s resignation was prompted by her desire to continue coaching sport at the school and perhaps substitute teach at the school in the future, Tadlock said.

The district recently discovered that the Wisconsin Association of School Boards recommends that school board members not hold other positions within the school such as coaches or substitute teaching due to incompatibility of office issues that might present the appearance of conflicts of interest. That standard applies even if the non-board positions are volunteer, Tadlock said.

“You can’t do that as a School Board member,” Tadlock said.

Horton’s resignation has not been formally accepted by the board. Tadlock expects that to happen at the next board meeting.

Meanwhile, the district is soliciting applicants to fill the anticipated vacancy. Details of how to apply are available here. The term expires in April 2011.

Tadlock said the fact that Horton will be able to continue to serve in various capacities as a community member is a plus.

“Kandi has been a phenomenal board member,” Tadlock said.

Horton made the following statement to westofthei.com via email:

I am resigning to pursue other employment possibilities,  (coaching,  substituting etc., future teaching positions) in the district so I am unable to be on the board. I will still be actively involved in the district as a parent and community member as I feel it is important to keep the positive initiatives going at our school. My hope is that someone with a positive and progressive attitude will join the School Board in my place.”


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