Wow — in a few days, Ryan Sawyers has gone from Chairman of the PW County School Board and a candidate for Congress to a) dropping out of the VA-01 race; and b) resigning as PW County School Board Chair. Wonder what’s up.
P.S. PW County School Board member Willie Deutsch (R) tweets, “With Sawyers resignation there is a chance to focus on improving education in the county. We will need a Chair who can unite and refocus the board as we improve the school division.”
School Board Chairman Ryan Sawyers surprised PWCS Wednesday by posting announcement of his resignation on his personal Facebook page. He attributes the action to personal and professional reasons.
Under PWCS policies and the Virginia Code, Vice Chairman and Occoquan District Representative, Lillie Jessie will perform the duties of the Chair, until the School Board appoints an Interim Chairman. Those duties are presiding over Board meetings, signing legal documents, as authorized by the Board, and leading agenda-setting meetings.
The Board Clerk is accepting applications for the interim position from any county resident who is a qualified voter. Since the School Board Chairman is elected at-large, applicants can come from any magisterial district. Interested candidates must submit their resumés to the Clerk of the School Board by March 17.
The Virginia Code requires the School Board to appoint an Interim Chairman within 45 days, otherwise the Circuit Court will make the appointment. The interim appointee will then perform all duties of the Chair, until the position is filled in a special vote, as part of the general election in November 2018.