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UPDATE: Longtime Sulphur Springs School District board member resigns

Board to decide Wednesday if it will hold special election

Posted: October 8, 2012 12:47 p.m.
Updated: October 8, 2012 5:31 p.m.
Sheldon Wigdor Sheldon Wigdor
Sheldon Wigdor

Sulphur Springs School District officials will decide Wednesday whether to make a special appointment or hold a special election to replace 19-year member Sheldon Wigdor, who announced Monday he has resigned his position.

Wigdor recently took a job in Cleveland and will be moving there, he said Monday. His resignation became effective Sept. 30, according to Sulphur Springs Superintendent Robert Nolet.

“As I said before, when it was appropriate and I got a full-time job, I would resign. And I’m doing so,” Wigdor said Monday by phone.

Wigdor said he was laid off from his job last year and found work at technology-manufacturing firm Aclara. The job was as a part-time consultant, but it recently became full time, he said.

Under state law, the board has two options to replace him, Nolet said.

The first option would be to hold a costly special election, and the second would be to make a provisional appointment.

Nolet said he would recommend a provisional appointment to the board.

That would mean the board would set a timetable and procedure for making the selection during Wednesday’s meeting. The process would include public input at a hearing.

Nolet said the special election would not be the most practical route for a few reasons. Wigdor’s term would end next November, he said.

“An election would be for a six-month term,” Nolet said, “and we’d pay $80,000 to $100,000 to hold a special election.”

The board would have to give 120 days’ notice to hold an election and April would likely be the earliest it could be held.

The district has precedent for a provisional appointment, Nolet said. When former Sulphur Springs board member Steve Sturgeon was elected to the William S. Hart Union High School District board in 1990, district officials appointed Michael Hogan. He still serves on the Sulphur Springs board.

Wigdor has been flying back to California for Sulphur Springs board meetings every 60 days and attending the rest electronically, Nolet said. State law requires in-person attendance at least every 60 days.

“I’m born and raised in Southern California — I’ve lived here the last 30 years. I would have preferred to have stayed,” Wigdor said. “But all things considered, I’m glad I have a job and can put food on the table and pay my bills and take care of my family.”

“He’s been an invaluable member of the board,” Nolet said, “and, at some point, we hope we’ll have a chance to honor him in some way.”




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