Aberdeen School Board honored member Doug Smith — who has announced he is retiring from his position after more than 11 years in the position — with a resolution thanking him for his work at their meeting Tuesday night.
Smith is retiring from the position due to a new job that will take him out of the community. He began in the school board position because his daughter and son were in the district at that point, but said he continued even after they graduated because of his strong belief in the power of public education.
“… Not just for my kids, but so that all kids have that opportunity for a quality education,” he told The Daily World.
Although Tuesday was Smith’s last meeting, he will give his official resignation letter to the board on March 31, in order to allow them more time to find a replacement, he said. After that the board will have 90 days to find another school board member, and will advertise the positions in the newspaper and host public interviews of the candidates. The district has four-year terms for board members. Smith was re-elected in November, so his replacement will serve the remainder of his term until the next general election.
Tuesday, Smith told the board he was thankful to have worked with so many great individuals within the district that helped make his years on the board fruitful.
“The reason we were able to achieve so many things is because we have so many great people here in the district,” he said.
The board’s resolution begins by saying that in his 11 years, one month and 14 days as a school board member, he has distinguished himself in many ways, but “perhaps most notably as a leader, having been unanimously elected vice president his first year in office and then president in every year but two after that.”
It cites personal thanks from each member of the board, as well as Superintendent Dr. Tom Opstad, who thanks Smith for his “support, guidance, reflection and insights into the School District.”
“… The Board of Directors of the Aberdeen School District wishes for Doug Smith to know that we have been blessed to work with you, and are grateful for everything you have done to make our Board a stronger team and our district a better place to teach and learn,” said the resolution.