CAMP VERDE - The first time Bob Simbric was elected to the Camp Verde Unified School District board was in 1980. That first term, which began in 1981, was the first of several the longtime Camp Verdean served his district.
Wednesday, Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter accepted Simbric's resignation from the board, effective immediately.
Simbric, who will be 72 in August, said the current board "is a great school board" and that board president Helen Freeman "is a great president."
"It can't get much better than it is right now," Simbric said.
Board president Freeman said that she has "always appreciated that Mr. Simbric was genuinely interested in providing and education to students that met their individual needs."
"He also felt that teachers should be an important voice in decisions that were made," Freeman said. "I also appreciated his experience and wisdom as we discussed what we should be doing in the district to help our students be successful. It was an honor to serve with him."
Simbric has served four stints on the Camp Verde school board. First, from 1981-1988, then from 1996-2000, 2002-2008 and finally from 2012 until his retirement this week.
Because the vacancy created by Simbric comes while candidates are being nominated for the November 2016 election, Carter has announced that he will not fill the vacancy "at this time."
"Due to the timeline that filling this vacancy would require, it is in the best interest of all involved to wait until the nomination/election process is concluded to make an appointment based on the outcome of the election."
Stated Carter, "due to the timeline that filling this vacancy would require, it is in the best interest of all involved to wait until the nomination/election process is concluded to make an appointment based on the outcome of the election."
According to a press release that announced Simbric's resignation, it is possible that the vacancy could be filled earlier, if there are only the requisite number of candidates needed for the open seats.
If that were to happen, the appointment of Simbric's replacement could be made as early as mid-August, if the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors at the request of the County School Superintendent, cancels this specific election and declares the eligible candidates appointed.
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