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Northville School Board Member Resigns

Anita Bartschat will be relocating to Germany.

- From a Northville Public Schools email

Northville Board of Education member Anita Bartschat will step down from the post she has held since January, 2012, to relocate to Dusseldorf, Germany, with her family and husband Mike, who has accepted a two-year foreign assignment with Johnson Controls, Inc. Bartschat initially indicated that the move was a possibility at the May 8, 2012 Board of Education meeting, however, her family’s plans are just now being finalized. 

Bartschat made the official announcement of her intention to resign from the Board of Education at the Board’s June 12, 2012 meeting.

 “It is with regret that I inform the Board and community that I will step down from the Board of Education in July, 2012.” Bartschat said. “Over the years, I have enjoyed working in various ways with the Northville community – as a volunteer for PTA projects from button-making to parking lot traffic flow. I have engaged our legislators as an advocate for our schools through the Northville PTA Legislative Action Network, and this year it has been an honor to serve the community as a Board of Education trustee. Northville is a special place because the people of Northville consistently work together to enhance learning opportunities for students.”

“I have appreciated the opportunity to work with my colleagues on the Board, the Central Office Leadership Team, the teachers, administrators, staff, parents and students who make Northville Public Schools a fantastic district.” 

Bartschat will remain on the Board through mid-July. In the case of such resignations, the Board’s by-laws require the remaining Board of Education members to appoint a legally qualified individual to fill the vacancy. The appointee will serve on the Board until the next regular school election held a minimum of 90 days later, which is the November 2012 election, when the seat will be up for election for the remainder of Bartshat’s term, through December 2016. 

Northville school district community members interested in serving the five-month term are asked to complete the Board of Education Application, which can be found on the district’s website at http://www.northville.k12.mi.us/boe.asp. The deadline for applications is noon on Thursday, June 21, 2012. The Board of Education expects to conduct candidate interviews and appoint a replacement to the Board by the end of July. Specific dates, times and locations for candidate interviews, which are open to the public, will be announced as soon as they are available.

“Anita has served as a powerful advocate for Northville school children and families in her role as a Board trustee for the past six months, and as a key leader of the PTA Legislative Action Network for a much longer period of time,” said Northville Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher. “We will miss Anita’s energy, dedication and leadership, while also knowing that she has energized others to become advocates for Northville’s children at the school, district, and state level.”

“We appreciate Anita’s service to the children and families of Northville, and recognize the impact that she has had as a member of our community,” said Board of Education President Dottie Garrity. “We welcome applications from Northville school district residents interested in serving on the Northville Board of Education and look forward, as a Board, to working in partnership with district leaders, school families, staff and community members to serve the educational needs of all our students.”

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