APS Board member Kathy Green to resign, special election approved

Published 9:57 am Tuesday, July 9, 2024

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During its meeting Monday night, the Austin Public Schools Board voted unanimously for a special election to fill out the remainder of Kathy Green’s seat on the board after she announced that she would be resigning.

Originally set to step down on Dec. 31, Green agreed to move the date up to Nov. 4 so that the board could get the special election for the position on the same day as the Nov. 5 general election. The person elected will round out the final two years of Green’s time on the board.

Austin School Board Chair Kathy Green was among the city leaders who took part in the the Wow! Mobile Metal Lab in 2021. Herald file photo

“I think it’s important that we allow people to know of the opportunity and people that would want to step forward,” Green said.

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Green said Tuesday that the reason for leaving came down to wanting to spend more time with family.

“My service to the school board has been rewarding and now the district is in a good place,” she said. “The time is right to pass the opportunity on to others with a passion for the education of our students.” 

The filing period for the school board is July 30 to Aug. 13. Aside from Green, three other seats held by Don Leathers, Evan Sorenson and Cece Kroc, will be part of the general election.

Green won re-election in 2022 and has served on the board for just over two decades.

Earlier in the meeting, the board approved numerous policy modifications to reflect legislation changes, however, it chose to hold off passing the resolution on library materials so that conversations can be held about aligning wording on pornographic and obscene material so that it better aligns with those guidelines established for technology in the school.

The board will continue discussions regarding the topic at a July 22 meeting.

Truth and Taxation

The board has established its Truth and Taxation Meeting to be held during its regular meeting on Dec. 9.

In June, the board unanimously voted to approve the adopted budget for 2024-2025, reflecting a 1.3% increase from last year and will total $113,920,900. It also maintains a strong fund balance that exceeds the board’s required minimum of 8.33% at 11.94%.

The meeting is required to be held after 6 p.m.