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Mark Totten resigns from the Kalamazoo School Board


KALAMAZOO (WKZO)-- Kalamazoo School Board Trustee Mark Totten has announced he will be resigning from his position on the Board to focus on his other pursuits, which include his candidacy for Michigan Attorney General.

He says the time demands no longer permit him to do justice to everything he is trying to accomplish.

Totten praised his fellow board members, the teachers, janitors, cafeteria staff, bus drivers and especially Supt. Michael Rice and his administrative team for the job they do. He says he has learned a lot during his tenure on the board.

Totten makes his living as an Associate Law Professor at Michigan State University.

 His last day as a K.P.S. Trustee will be February 28th. 

Other board members thanked him for bringing his legal expertise to the team.

It will be the third vacancy this board has had to fill due to resignations and a death, and Board President Patti Scholler-Barber announced that the candidates who applied for the previous vacancy will be automatically considered for this vacancy, unless they opt out.  They will be individually contacted to make sure they are still interested. 

The board will also open the process to new applicants, who will have all next week, from the 24th to the 28th at 5 p.m. to pick-up and return an application to the Administration Building on Howard St.

Previous candidates will not have to go through the interview process again but will be considered for the job if they wish.

 Scholler-Barber says they will decide on a time table and process once they know how many have applied, but they must make a selection by March 28th by State Law, but may not wait that long to complete the process.

The person they select will serve out the remainder of Totten’s term, which expires at the end of the year.