Jon Carroll resigns board seat
Wayland Board of Education member Jon Carroll’s letter of resignation was read Monday night by Superintendent Norm Taylor.
His stepping down means his seat must be filled locally within the next 30 days or the Allegan County Intermediate School District will be tasked with filling the vacancy.
Anyone interested in serving may send a letter to the administration building, addressed to Board President Gary Wood. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 4, and the board intends to make a decision at its next meeting June 11.
Whoever is appointed will serve until the end of this year, but can also seek the remaining two years of the term in the November general election. Carroll’s term will expire at the end of 2014.
In the letter, dated Friday, May 11, Carroll said, “I’ve enjoyed my 50 years in education, 48 as a teacher, coach and board member.”
Carroll was first elected to the school board in 1997 and he was re-elected in 2001, 2005 and 2009. His term was lengthened by a new state law that insists all school board members be elected in November of even-numbered years.
Carroll also served as a social studies teacher for more than 30 years, beginning with the 1964-65 academic year. He was Wayland’s varsity baseball coach for some time, taking the Wildcats all the way to the Class B state semifinals in 1971. He resigned from coaching baseball after the 1973 season.
His service on the school board became somewhat controversial in the last couple of years because he spent his winters in warmer climates as a “snowbird.” This past year he had not attended a board meeting since Oct. 10.
Fellow board member Don Borgic commented, “It’s been my privilege to know Jon as a teacher, friend and mentor. He has suffered some health problems of late and there was some controversy over the last couple of years (about his attendance). But he’s given wonderful service to this school district.”
Board member Jeff Salisbury said, “When I first came to this school district in 1985, he was most welcoming.”
PHOTO: Jon Carroll