Victor Valley Union High School District Board Member Lisa Crosby has resigned from her seat on the board.
Crosby, a local resident for 37 years and a graduate of Victor Valley High School, was elected to the board in 2014. Her term would have ended in December.
The board can choose to fill the seat by appointment within the next 60 days or hold a special election (with the cost absorbed by the district). The board is expected to appoint a new member, then the seat will go up for reelection in November.
"The Superintendent’s office would like to sincerely thank Lisa Crosby for her service to the Victor Valley Union High School District," VVUHSD Superintendent Dr. Ron Williams said in a written statement. "Her wisdom, positive attitude and passion for education were tremendous assets to our board. We will always consider Lisa a part of the VVUHSD family."
Board President Penny Edmiston lauded Crosby at the March 17 board meeting, saying that her former colleague "has gone above and beyond ... She has been a true champion of our students."
Crosby provided the following written statement about her departure on Friday:
"It is an extremely tough and emotional decision but I feel it is best at this time for my family that I resign my position on the school board. Being on the board has been such a big part of my life the last year and a half, and I am going to miss it tremendously.
"I have been a part of this district since I started going to school in it 37 years ago. I never truly grew to love it as much as I have during my time on the board. I had no idea how time-consuming it would be, but I wouldn't change any moment I spent fulfilling my duties in the position. My goal going in was to help make great changes for the better and I believe this board, the superintendent, and staff worked as a team and accomplished so many great and marvelous things together in such a short time, that were so vital to healing and building trust in the district once more.
"I have heard from so many employees that they had not felt happier or more valued at the start of a school year as they did at the beginning of this year. We have implemented many programs and committees that will continue to strive to make this the best district ever. I care deeply about all employees in our district and am aware of all the contributions they make. I am grateful for all of the time I have had to get to know so many fine people that I have been privileged to come into contact with and have appreciated all of the hugs and encouragement. I will miss them!
"I have formed many close relationships and bonds with many that I will always cherish, and I hope to keep them and form even more. I will still be around for a long time and hope in the future to be able to serve in any capacity necessary to help where I can. For now I am looking forward to not being just a 'ship passing through the night' at home and be able to spend some precious time with my daughter, particularly in the last few months that I have with her before she heads off to college in Utah.
"Again, it was a great honor to serve on the School Board with such fabulous board members and for such a fine school district. I am grateful for all of the love and support I was given while on the board and even this past week. I have great confidence that the district will continue on its great path to excellence with its fabulous leadership and contributions of all involved. Thanks again for the tremendous opportunity I had to serve and work with each and every one of you."