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Lawrence school board member Andrew Nussbaum steps down

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Andrew Nussbaum, elected to the Lawrence school board in November, has submitted his resignation, effective immediately.

Nussbaum and his family are moving to the greater Seattle area, according to a news release from the district.

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“I appreciate and will remember all of the teachers, staff, and students that I’ve worked with over the years, those who supported my campaign and election, and the current board members and Dr. Lewis, who have supported me in this decision,” Nussbaum said in the release. “I’m acutely aware that I am not completing my full term on the board. This decision was made with seriousness, and I appreciate the community believing that it is the right decision for my family.”

Under state law, vacancies on boards of education are filled by appointment no sooner than 15 days after publication of notice, according to the release.

“If such vacancy occurs before May 1 of the second year of the term leaving an unexpired term of more than two years such appointee shall serve until the second Monday in January after the following general school election as provided in K.S.A. 25-2023, and amendments thereto,” the law states. “In the latter event, the unexpired term of two years commencing on the second Monday in January after the following general school election shall be filled at such election and the ballots or ballot labels and returns of election with respect to such office shall be designated as follows: ‘To fill the unexpired term.’”

According to the release, “Following public notice, the board will consider applications from community members interested in serving the remainder of Nussbaum’s unexpired term through January of 2024.

“During the November 2023 General Election, when four positions on the board will appear on the ballot, the board will hold a special election to fill a fifth position and the unexpired two-year term through January 2026.”

“On behalf of myself and the board, I want to share my gratitude and sincere thanks to Andrew for his service to the district and to our community,” school board President Shannon Kimball said in the release. “He has been a steadfast advocate for students and staff. I wish Andrew and his family much success and happiness in the future.”

Nussbaum said in the release that he’s looking forward to getting back into teaching. “I’m currently applying for teaching jobs to again work directly alongside students and staff on a daily basis,” he said.

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