LISBON - The Beaver Local Board of Education again finds itself with a vacant seat to fill. Board members officially accepted a letter of resignation from its president, Brian McKenzie, at a special meeting held last Thursday.
Superintendent Kent Polen said he received the letter on Oct. 10, the day after the board had approved Greg Eisenhart to fill the position left open by Brad Buchheit, who retired from the board one month earlier for family reasons.
With McKenzie's resignation, John Campbell becomes president of the Beaver Local School Board. As the senior member with four years of experience, Polen expects board members to look to Campbell for guidance in the coming months.
Polen said the board is in the process of deciding whether to revisit candidates recently interviewed for Eisenhart's new seat or starting over with a new slate of candidates. "They did not indicate one way or the other what they are going to do," he said. McKenzie was voted to a new term last fall, and his replacement would serve until the school board seats come up for election in November 2013.
Polen said he doesn't believe that McKenzie's resignation is in any way tied to recent decisions faced by the board, from the approval of Eisenhart to the controversy surrounding former BLHS boys assistant basketball coach Jeff Campbell, whose contract for the 2012-2013 year has yet to be voted on due to allegations of discriminatory comments made to a hearing-impaired former player.
McKenzie confirms that none of these issues played a role in his decision. "None of this has been the result of any decision I've made," he said.
McKenzie said that after six years on the board, he felt that his tenure had run its course. "It's time to move on and let somebody else step in," he said. A St. Clair Township Police detective who calls himself, "a proud graduate of the Red and White of '86," McKenzie thanked the BL community for all of their support over the last six years.
Polen credited McKenzie with thoughtfulness and always thinking of what was best for the students and the district. "He'll be missed tremendously," Polen said. "He'd ask the questions that would make people think before making decisions."