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What’s next for Columbia Board of Education following sudden resignation of board member


There are several next steps for the Columbia Board of Education after one of its board members suddenly announced her resignation.

Board member Katherine Sasser made her announcement at Monday night's meeting. She voiced her concern citing state legislation targeting LGBTQ families and students. Sasser says her family no longer feels safe in Missouri and has made the difficult decision to relocate. Sasser is the mother of a transgender girl.

There are several steps the CPS board will need to follow to fill that vacancy. 

One of the first steps involves a notification process, meaning the board must publish a notice of the vacancy in local newspapers, its website and via email. A review and interview process will come next and involves the board's review of all applications.

CPS will then select the final candidates to interview.

After a candidate is selected, the board will set up appointments in an open session board meeting through a formal motion. That motion must be seconded with an affirmative vote by a majority of the board.

When a new board member is sworn in, that person will have to sign and take the oath of office.

What happens after appointing a new member:

  • Appointed board members will receive a notice of their obligations
  • File a financial disclosure statement
  • Board members will be notified of requirements to complete state-mandated training

ABC17 News crew plans to sit down with Sasser to learn more about the reason behind her move to resign. 

The next executive board meeting is scheduled for June 12 at 5:00 p.m. at the CPS administration building.

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