Kim Salo, NBAPS School Board chairperson, told the board at its Nov. 14 meeting it was with “mixed emotions” that she has decided to resign from her post on the board.
Her resignation is effective Dec. 31.
Salo said it was a decision made with “careful thought and consideration.”
She cited a desire to spend more time with her family and focus more on her business as the reasons why she was resigning from the board.
She’s served on the board for North Branch Area Public Schools for 15 years.
“I know that this district is in great hands,” Salo said. “We have leadership like no other. We have a staff that is second to none, and this school board is truly a caring school board and always looks out for what’s best for children. I feel I will be leaving during a good, solid time, and my hope is that a new school board member will be able to come on without contention and stress.”
Some of her fellow school board members lauded Salo for the dedication she has shown to the school district over the past decade and a half.
Tim MacMillan thanked Salo for showing him the ropes when he was a new board member.
“I thank you for your guidance and support,” he said. “You’ve done a phenomenal job.”
Randy Westby said he and Salo haven’t seen eye to eye on some issues during their tenure, but there has always been a mutual level of respect.
“You got us through some very difficult and trying times,” he said. “I’ve always been straight up with you by saying you won’t like what I have to say or you won’t agree with me. I respect the time we’ve served together on this board. Thank you very much.”
Kirby Ekstrom said he and Salo started on the school board around the same time, and they’ve grown together as board members and people.
“We’ve spent many years at meetings and functions together,” he said. “It’s been a distinct pleasure of mine to now call you a friend. You’re not a board chair. I’ll be calling you Kim.”