Redmond School Board member Lisa Klemp resigned from the board Wednesday, launching a search for a new member who will be appointed to complete the remainder of her term.
Klemp was elected to the board in May to serve out the remaining two years of a term won by Jim Erickson, who resigned in 2012, two years into a four-year term. Klemp defeated Pat Reck, a retired teacher and administrator who was appointed to fill Erickson’s seat.
Whoever is selected to complete Klemp’s term will serve through the end of June 2015.
At Wednesday’s board meeting, Klemp said she was expecting her first child soon and had mixed feelings about resigning from her position.
Board Chairman A.J. Losoya said Klemp made a mark on the board and that her background as an attorney complemented the life experiences of her fellow board members.
“In the short time she’s been with us, she’s provided a skill set we’ve been missing,” he said.
Losoya said the district hopes to accept applications for the position through Nov. 15, allowing the four remaining board members to review the applications at a scheduled work session Nov. 20. If the board can agree on a candidate, it can vote to appoint a new board member at its Dec. 18 meeting, Losoya said, and the new board member would begin work in early January.
Members of the Redmond School Board must be registered voters who have lived inside the Redmond School District for at least one year. Board positions are unpaid, and employees of the school district are barred from serving on the board.
In other business, board members received a report on recently completed renovations at Redmond High School.
The $110 million bond approved by voters in 2008 was used to make improvements at most schools in the district and to build Ridgeview High School.
In order to ensure a similar learning environment at both high schools, the bond included extensive remodeling at Redmond High School.
The high school renovation totaled a little more than $10.5 million, nearly $200,000 over budget. However, according to district Superintendent Mike McIntosh, if not for the failure of the building’s boiler and hot water systems midway through construction — a $700,000 unanticipated expense — the project would have been well under budget.
Unforeseen asbestos abatement totaled another $400,000 in costs to the project
McIntosh said original records of the building construction were difficult to locate, and construction crews didn’t realize how much asbestos had been used when it was originally built in 1970 until walls were opened up.