ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Roseburg Public Schools’ vice board chair Steve Patterson has resigned from his position as of Monday.
Patterson served on the Roseburg school board for 11 years.
In an open letter to the community, he said he made the decision to resign due to an increase in work related travel and schedule conflicts.
He also said he was already expecting to miss a significant amount of board meetings from now until his term officially ended in June.
Roseburg Education Association president Camron Pope say Patterson was a champion for teachers and students in the district.
He has always just has always put us in the center of his thoughts when he’s making decisions,” said Pope. “He will be one that’s missed because he really does have educators in mind.”
He also said he understand why Patterson made the decision now.
“We have some big things coming up,” said Pope. “We have the mascot, the continued decisions surrounding the pandemic, so he decided to step down.”
District staff said the school board will officially announce the vacant position at their next board meeting on April 14 and the process of selecting a temporary Board member.
That person will serve until the end of June.