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Charles Cunningham to leave school board

Frank Fisher, of the Record staff

Six months after Charles Cunningham won a hard-fought but respectful campaign for Park City School District Precinct Five, he has submitted his resignation to the District board.

Cunningham, who represents the Pinebrook and Summit Park neighborhoods Precinct 5, is moving across town, to a "bigger and better home, because it was the right thing to do for my family. It was the right time, and things worked out."

He said he notified every member of the school board of his decision, on Tuesday, May 8. He said he has yet to submit his letter of resignation to the board.

Board members are required to live in the precinct they represent. The move will bring him into Precinct 4, now occupied by board president Kim Carson. While he said he would consider being on a school board on the future "I couldn’t imagine for the life of me running against Kim," he said. "She’s doing a great job, and that’s why she ran unopposed in the last election."

"I do plan to stay actively involved as a layperson," he said. "I’d love to stay active on committees." Cunningham who is an attorney, believed he could bring his legal perspective to the table, something he did regularly while on the school board.

Cunningham ran against Mike Boyle, in Nov. 2006, an election characterized by candidates conveying mutual respect for one another. One major difference in the candidates’ positions: Cunningham advocated incentive pay for teachers.

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Carson said that when a board member vacates a seat, a member of the community is appointed to fill the position. Applicants submit letters of interest, she said, and through a process of letter reviews, and interviews, the board selects a temporary member. "There will be other people who will step up to the plate," Carson said.

School board members are elected for four-year terms. The non-partisan board elections are staggered every two years, with members from Districts 1,2 and 3 coming up for election one year, then members from District 4 and 5 facing elections two years later. Cunningham’s replacement will hold the position until the November, 2008 election. The elected board member will hold the position for a two-year term, to get the staggered elections back in sync.

Carson said that, as of Friday morning, Cunningham had not submitted his resignation, and would likely submit it at the school board meeting of May 22. When he will leave his position has yet to be determined.

Cunningham stressed that he was not considering a move when he ran for election.

"We had no inkling at all that we would be moving," he said. Otherwise we would not have gone through all that rigamarole."