Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs School Board member Wayne Lemley said Thursday he is resigning from the board, effective immediately.
In his resignation letter, Lemley wrote he was stepping down "to give attention to personal family and financial matters."
Lemley's spot on the board was put in jeopardy Monday when he missed his third consecutive board meeting at Soda Creek Elementary School.
Following that meeting, School Board President Brian Kelly said the board would consider declaring Lemley's seat vacant because of the absences.
Colorado law states that a board member's seat shall be declared vacant “if the person who was duly elected or appointed does not attend three consecutive meetings of the board of education, unless the board by resolution shall approve any additional absences or unless the absences are due to a temporary mental or physical disability or illness.”
“The upside of this is I think Wayne needs time to attend to his personal affairs, and we wish him only the best,” Kelly said. “If he's got a future interest in helping out the district, he will come back to it in such time he feels able.”
Kelly said he planned to meet with Superintendent Brad Meeks on Thursday afternoon to discuss the resignation and the process going forward to fill the District 2 seat.
Under state law, the board must advertise and fill the seat within 60 days.
Reached by phone Monday and asked about the reason for his recent absences, Lemley said he was in a meeting and couldn't talk. He didn't return a second phone call later that evening. He declined to discuss his resignation Thursday.
Lemley ran uncontested for the School Board’s District 2 seat last fall. His four-year term was scheduled to expire in November 2015.
On April 18, he was the subject of a child custody hearing related to dependency and neglect, according to records on file at the Routt County Justice Center. Dependency and neglect cases are civil, not criminal.
He took a temporary leave of absence from the School Board in the spring, telling the Steamboat Today at the time that his absence would be temporary while he dealt with the civil issue. The School Board accepted the leave and called Lemley's court proceedings a personal matter. However, board members were considering asking Lemley to resign or face censure in the hours before he announced his leave of absence April 11.
Kelly said Thursday that Lemley's resignation was the best result for the district and the departing board member.
“I think it's best for Wayne and his family to concentrate on his personal matters at this point in time,” Kelly said. “He should have the privacy to do that.”
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