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Caldwell resigns from D-424 school board

GENOA – The Genoa-Kingston School District 424 board is looking for a new member after Vice President Steve Caldwell resigned last week.

Caldwell said he had mixed feelings when he announced his resignation at the Dec. 17 meeting. Caldwell has been on the board for 15 years but decided to leave because of conflicts with his work schedule. 

He praised the work of the school district’s technology, building and grounds departments. He also praised the administrators who keep the district running smoothly. 

“We as a group have done fantastic things,” he said. 

Joe Burgess, district superintendent, said Caldwell has given stability to the board, which is a great asset. He has a strong history with the school district and Genoa-Kingston area because of his family ties, he said.

“He is well known and respected individual in the community,” Burgess said. 

Caldwell said when he first joined the board in the 1990s, he had no idea what he was doing.

But he became instrumental in many projects the school district pursued, including helping develop the Genoa-Kingston High School in the early 2000s and guiding the school district through tough financial times, Burgess said. 

“One thing I know about Steve is that he always kept the students first,” he said. 

Caldwell said the job of a board member often goes unnoticed but he found the work was worth it. 

“After all this time, I am so happy I had this experience,” he said. “I wished to see the board and all the boards to come and in the future all the success they can have.” 

Burgess said the board will need to appoint another member to finish Caldwell’s two-year term, which ends in April of 2015. They will begin advertising the position and interviewing candidates next year. 

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