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Longtime Board of Education member Moe Hickey to step down

Moe Hickey, the most senior member of the Park City Board of Education, has announced he is stepping down from his position at the end of June.

Hickey, who has served on the Board of Education for nearly seven years, announced his upcoming resignation at a recent public meeting. He is moving out of the precinct in which he was elected, forcing him to step down, as per Board of Education policy.

"We looked and the intent was to stay in my precinct, but the real estate market being what it is right now, it just didn’t work out," Hickey said, adding that he will remain on the district’s master planning committee. His new home is in the Park Meadows area.

Hickey, who previously served as president of the Board of Education before Tania Knauer assumed that role in January, said he will miss being so involved in local education. However, he leaves confident in the direction the district is heading.

"I’m disappointed from the sense of I enjoy being a part of it and I enjoy the role, but I’m not at all concerned about the future of the district," he said. "I think we’ve got a great administrative team in place, from the superintendent down through the staff."

While not ruling out the possibility of again running for a seat on the Board of Education in the future, Hickey said he will be plenty busy pursuing a different opportunity. He has taken a position at the Park City Institute, where he will serve as managing director.

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"The reason I’m excited about that is there are a lot of ties between the Park City Institute and the community and school district," he said.

Hickey said he’s experienced many highlights in his tenure, adding that it’s been an honor to serve alongside the other members he’s worked with. He was also proud that he was on the Board of Education when the district became the first in the state to provide full benefits for the partners of employees in same-sex unions.

"That was a decision that went a little under the radar, in terms of people appreciating it," he said. "It was so easily accepted in Park City, and that made me proud of the community. The fact it was such a non-event actually made me prouder than anything else."

Knauer said Hickey will be missed, though she expects he will continue to make contributions to the district through his role with the Park City Institute.

"It is a loss," she said. "But everybody sort of does their time and they’re ready to move on. He’ll still be involved in his own way."

The school district is accepting applications for Hickey’s replacement, who will serve the rest of the term through the end of 2016. Applicants must live in District 1 of the school district’s boundaries. That area encompasses Prospector, Upper and Lower Deer Valley, Old Town and Thaynes.

According to information from the district, those interested must send a completed application to executive assistant Lorie Pearce at lpearce@pcschools.us or hand deliver a sealed envelope to the district office by June 1. Candidates will be interviewed June 9. The Board will vote on a new member at a June 16 public meeting. For more information, or to get an application, visit the district website at pcschools.us.