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Russell leaving District 25 school board as of July 1

Jun 6, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler, Staff Writer

Bill Russell, who in his eighth year on the Fremont County School District 25 Board of Education, submitted his resignation to the Riverton school board Tuesday.

Russell, a professional engineer and former chairman of the board, is moving his family to Casper for business reasons. His resignation is effective July 1.

The Riverton school board will seek letters of application to fill the board seat from July 1 to Dec. 1 of this year and will appoint a new member by the end of June.

Russell's second four-year term expires at the end of November, and the newly appointed member, along with other applicants, will have the opportunity to seek a full four-year elected term on the school board beginning in December.

Other incumbent members whose terms expire at the end of November are Carl Manning, Glenn Ogg and Dean Peranteaux. All are four-year terms, with filing to open in August. None of the other incumbents has yet announced election intentions.

In accepting Russell's resignation, board members expressed "extreme regret" in losing Russell as a board member.

Superintendent Terry Snyder expressed his appreciation to Russell's "dedication to the students, the district and the community."

Snyder said Russell had truly met his dedication "to give back to a community that had so graciously provided me with a home throughout my life and to an

education program that enabled me to pursue my educational dreams."

"I was elected to the board in 2004. With this election brought expectation and an opinionated agenda that would soon be forgotten. ... The beginning was both exciting and exhausting," Russell said. "With the aid of a well-seasoned board and a great superintendent, the learning experience was harmless."

"I have had a most enjoyable experience meeting every two weeks with some of the most diverse and brightest individuals this community could have asked to serve on this board of education," he said. "We brought forth very difficult backgrounds and opinions but have always putted together and made the correct decisions. They have not always been easy and many brought forth long tedious discussions with heartfelt discomfort. In the end, we always made the necessary decisions for the education and safety of our children and the environment in which our staff must perform their duties."

Russell called it "an honor" to have served on the Riverton school board.

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