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Root plans to leave the school board
Sep 30, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer
Fremont County School District 25 trustee Marissa Root has shared her intention to step down from the board, but she will not officially leave her post until next month.
Riverton schools superintendent Terry Snyder said he asked Root to remain on the school board until after this year's general election because of a state statute that requires vacant positions to be voted upon in the next election of trustees.
"It's kind of clumsy timing with the (Nov. 6) election," Snyder said.
If Root resigned in September, he explained, residents wouldn't have enough time to run for her seat.
"That window has closed for candidates to apply," Snyder said. "And we currently have four candidates for four positions. So to make sure people have the chance to vote on an elected position, Marissa has agreed to withdraw her resignation for this month and submit it at a time we'll meet the legal statutes."
Wyoming statute 21-3-108 states that a vacancy occurring for any cause upon the board of trustees of any school district shall be filled within 30 days by action of the remaining members of the board.
A person chosen to fill a vacancy shall serve until the next election of school district trustees. An election shall then be held to fill the unexpired term.
Root and her husband plan to relocate from Riverton.