Taking office in April 2019, Mike Thompson’s term was to end April 25, 2022. He recently submitted his letter of resignation.
“He did not intend to run again when his term is up next spring and decided to conclude his service now,” School Board President Stacy Johnson Myers said in an email to the River Falls Journal. “Mike was a strong board member. The board will miss him, his work, and his perspectives. He served the district and the community with distinction.”
To fill a board vacancy in the River Falls School District there are a series of procedures that need to be followed after the board officially accepts a resignation:
For two consecutive weeks, the open board position will be advertised in the Star Observer and on the district website.
Anyone interested will submit a letter of interest, and then be sent a questionnaire and a request for two letters of recommendation.
Candidates will be interviewed, one at a time, at a special board meeting. If more than seven apply, the board will determine the top seven to move forward with based on the questionnaires.
Voting will be done with weighted ballots. On the first, ballot members vote for four candidates in ranked order, the second ballot members vote for three in ranked order, and so on. The process will continue until a single candidate has received a majority of votes from the members of the board. A coin flip will decide a tie. Following a coin toss, a motion of unanimous election will be made.
Pending acceptance and filing the oath of office, the appointed candidate will fill the vacancy.
The board plans to have the vacancy filled and the new member seated at the regular board meeting on July 19.
The board currently has six members.