Board Member Resigns
No reason was given, but since being re-elected in April for a second three-year term, Sheppard has missed a number of meetings over the summer and fall, participating by phone in at least one meeting.
The announcement means the board must appoint someone to replace Sheppard until the next school board election in April.
The last time the board had to take such action was when former school board member Sharon Robinson-Briggs was elected mayor and had to vacate her post in January 2006. The board chose David Graves from among three candidates to serve as appointee, but Graves lost the balance of the term in the April 2006 school board election to Patricia Barksdale.
Whoever is appointed to the seat will have to run in the April 2009 school board election for the unexpired term to 2011. Incumbents are Rasheed Abdul-Haqq, Lisa Logan Leach and Barksdale, but because the filing date is in February, it is not known which of them may want to run again for full three-year terms.