Iowa City School Board President Resigns

By Gregg Hennigan, The Gazette

IOWA CITY — Iowa City school board President Sally Hoelscher resigned from the board late Tuesday night.

Hoelscher made her announcement in an email to her fellow board members and Superintendent Stephen Murley sent at 10:35 p.m.

The two-sentence message said she was resigning immediately for personal reasons. She also said she has “been honored to have had the opportunity to serve on the Board.”

Hoelscher, of Iowa City, was elected to the school board in 2011, and her term was set to expire in September 2015. She was selected to be president by her fellow board members last September.

Iowa law says the remaining school board members must appoint someone to fill the vacant seat until the next election. If they don't do that within 30 days, a special election is held. Residents cannot petition for a special election.

The district said in a news release Wednesday morning details of that process were still to be determined.

The board will need to appoint a new president, district spokesman Chace Ramey said.

“The District would like to thank Dr. Hoelscher for her service to the nearly 13,000 students and 2,000 employees of the Iowa City Community School District and for providing Board leadership as Board President for the last year,” the district said in the release.

Marla Swesey is vice president of the school board and served as president before Hoelscher.

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