FLINT TWP. — The Carman- Ainsworth school board is on an expedited mission to fill one board opening by its July 16 annual organizational meeting.
The seat was vacated by the resignation of Recco S. Richardson, Ph.D., effective July 1.
Richardson, a licensed psychologist, said he is stepping down to spend more time with his two daughters who will be a sophomore and a senior at CAHS in the fall. They are involved in athletics and will also need him to accompany them on college scouting trips, he said.
He also shared with fellow board members that his father passed away last week and one of the last things he said to him was to look after his daughters.
Richardson was first appointed to the board in 2008 then elected to his first term that same year. He was reelected to his second term in the November 2012 election, running unopposed.
Board president Patrice Hatcher said the search for Richardson’s replacement will begin immediately with notices posted requesting that resumes or letters of interest be submitted by July 11.
She said that interviews will be conducted in open session during or before the regular board meeting of at a separate special meeting if enough candidates apply.
Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff said that letters of interest should be directed to the board secretary, Peggy Anderson. Contact information is posted on the district’s website at www.carman.k12.mi.us.
Hatcher added that the appointed candidate would have to run for election at the next school board election in November 2014.
In his parting comments, Richardson said he would still be active in school events because of his daughters. He said he has also stepped down from some responsibilities at his church.
“I have enjoyed my time on the board but I just can’t do it anymore,’’ Recco said of the demands on his time.
“For the last 30 years, I have been helping everyone else’s kids,’’ he said. “I am going to give them (his daughters) the next two years.”
Board members wished Richardson well and said they understood his priority to spend more time with his family.
“I wish we could vote because I would vote no,’’ Trustee Don Conway half-jokingly said about Richardson’s resignation. “But I have always said family comes first. Recco you are doing the right thing. Your girls come first,’’ he said.