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Faver resigning from School Board

Bill Faver, right, is sworn in along with Melissa Bahr, left, and Carol Johnson to the Bemidji School Board in 2011. (Pioneer file photo)

BEMIDJI -- A longtime Bemidji Area Schools board member is resigning.

Bill Faver, who was first elected to the board in the early 2000s, submitted a formal letter of resignation to school district staff dated Nov. 17. The board is set to consider, and presumably approve, his resignation at a special meeting next week.

“I am hopeful that my resignation becomes an opportunity for new leadership that has the time, energy, and positive attitude to promote partnership and inclusion in the Bemidji community,” Faver wrote in his resignation letter.

“I have been impressed with positions taken by new members on the board and the potential for addressing inequality and the disadvantaged in a real way that benefits us all. It will be a difficult and rewarding task.”

But no special school district election is on the horizon. State law requires the board to appoint Faver’s replacement for the remainder of his term, which is set to expire in less than a year. The board will advertise the open position and review applications before voting in a new member, Superintendent Jim Hess said, but no specific dates have been set.

School Board Chair Ann Long Voelkner said she and the remaining board members will hammer out specifics for the application process -- how and where to apply for the vacancy, what an application would consist of, and so on -- in the next month. She said she’ll recommend that applications include a “letter of interest” and a resume.

“Bill's been a good member, an active member,” said Hess, who pointed to Faver’s work on the board’s Personnel Committee and negotiations with the district’s teachers union. “He's served well and has been in the middle of a lot of, I think, very important decisions for the school district.”

Joe Bowen

Joe Bowen covers education and health for the Bemidji Pioneer.

He is a Minneapolis native and a 2009 graduate of St. John's University. Before moving to Bemidji, Bowen covered education, local politics, crime, and everything in between for the Perham Focus in Perham, Minnesota, and Sun Newspapers in suburban Minneapolis.

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