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Huron Valley Schools Board of Education Trustee Charles Dittmar Resigns

Decision allows trustee to avoid conflict of interest, district says in press release.

Huron Valley Schools Board of Education Trustee Charles Dittmar resigned from his position on Monday, November 19, one day before taking office as a trustee on the Highland Township Board. It is expected that newly-elected School Board Trustee, Beth Lewis, will be sworn in at the governing body’s December 3 meeting and serve out the balance of Mr. Dittmar‘s term.

Mr. Dittmar chose not to seek a third term to the HVS Board of Education, opting instead to run for a seat on the Highland Township Board. He was successful in his bid during the November election.

Citing a possible conflict of interest if the new Highland Township Board seeks to re-open discussions with the school district regarding possible purchase of the now shuttered Highland Middle School, Mr. Dittmar suggested it would be best for both entities if he resigned his school board trustee position prior to taking office in the township.

Recent legislation being considered by the Michigan Legislature has compelled the HVS Board of Education to reconsider a March 31, 2013 deadline for Highland Township and the Village of Milford to make purchase offers on Highland Middle School and Baker Elementary, respectively. The pending legislation would effectively tie the hands of the District from divesting of the buildings in an expeditious manner.

“It has been my honor to serve the HVS community, and a pleasure to serve with both current and former Board members,” he said. “I have also had the distinct pleasure of working with many competent and caring members of the central office team, administrators, teachers and staff within the HVS family.”

School Board President Sean Carlson thanked Mr. Dittmar for his service, calling him a “passionate advocate for Huron Valley Schools, its students, families and staff.”

Mr. Dittmar was sworn into office in Highland Township at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

(Source: Huron Valley Schools)

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