Lawrence school board member Andrew Nussbaum resigns seat; board will make appointment to fill spot

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Andrew Nussbaum

Lawrence school board member Andrew Nussbaum has resigned his seat on the board immediately, following a decision to move out of state, the school district announced Monday morning.

The resignation means the school board will soon start taking applications from community members who want to fill Nussbaum’s unexpired term. The board expects to publish a formal notice for applications later this month, the district said in a news release.

Nussbaum had a short tenure on the board, having been elected in November 2021. His term began in January.

“This is a family decision to make this move to the Greater Seattle area. I appreciate and will remember all of the teachers, staff, and students that I’ve worked with over the years, those who supported my campaign and election, and the current board members and Dr. Lewis, who have supported me in this decision,” said Nussbaum. “I’m acutely aware that I am not completing my full term on the board. This decision was made with seriousness, and I appreciate the community believing that it is the right decision for my family.”

Nussbaum indicated that he is moving to the Seattle area while seeking to find a job in teaching.

“I’m currently applying for teaching jobs to again work directly alongside students and staff on a daily basis,” he said in the press release.

District officials said state law dictates that the board make an appointment to fill the vacant position and then hold a special election to fill the seat in 2023. Nussbaum’s term was scheduled to last until January of 2025. Given his resignation, the district will appoint someone in the near future, and that appointee will fill the position until a special election in November 2023. The winner of that election will begin filling the seat in January 2024, serving a two year term that runs until January 2026.

That means that the November 2023 board election will decide five of the seven seats on the school board.

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