By Karen Daniels
At Monday night’s SMSD Board of Trustee meeting, the first for the new school year, it was announced that Ms. ShaMekka Pratt-Simmons, Board Secretary, had turned in her resignation. The only explanation given was “personal family reasons”. Ms. Pratt-Simmons became a Board Trustee in May 2009, filling an unexpired term. She was then elected to the position in 2010. Her departure leaves a gap for secretary, which Trustee Greg Holsapple has volunteered to fill for the duration.
SMSD Board of Trustees have several options for dealing with the vacancy. First, they can simply let the seat remain vacant until next May. One problem with this; however, is the Board Members would now consist of six, an even number. Having a seventh eliminates a split vote. A second option would be to appoint someone to the seat, perhaps a dedicated individual who has history with the District and the Board. A third, and more expensive option, would be to have a special election in May. Not only would this cost the District money, but any persons wishing to run would have to quickly put a campaign together that, if elected, would only last from November 2012 through May 2013.
Ms. Pratt-Simmons’ resignation was voted on and passed unanimously, effective immediately. Ms. Pratt-Simmons was not present at the meeting.