Clausmeyer to step down from School Board March 1

Clausmeyer to step down from School Board March 1
Posted on 01/03/2019
Bill Clausmeyer

Longtime School Board Member Bill Clausmeyer will step down from the board March 1 for personal reasons. Clausmeyer made the announcement at the Dec. 18 School Board meeting.

According to School Board policy, the board will appoint someone to serve in Clausmeyer’s Director District 2 until the seat is filled by the winner of November’s election. The board will discuss the vacancy at its Jan. 8 meeting and decide upon a timeline and process to fill the vacancy. Details of the process, as well as application instructions, will be shared with parents and the community next week and will be posted on the Tahoma website. Board of Directors District 2 can be viewed on this map. Candidates must be registered Tahoma voters and reside in Director District 2.

Clausmeyer has served on the School Board since June 1997. He told his fellow board members that he has decided to resign in order to spend more time with his wife, Pam, who has multiple sclerosis and is in a care center.

Board Member Mary Jane Glaser has served on the board with Clausmeyer since 1999. She offered her thanks for Clausmeyer's service to the school district and praised his contributions.

“Bill has been a steady influence in school board vision, goals, governance and our personal and leadership growth over his 21-plus years of servant leadership in the Tahoma School District,” she said. “We will miss him but wish him all our best in his next chapter. Thank you, Bill!”

Clausmeyer read the following statement at the Dec. 18 board meeting:

"I was first appointed to this Board, 21 and half years ago, at the end of June 1997. 6 weeks later my wife, Pam, was diagnosed with MS. Her journey with disease has been in lock step with my Board service all these years. Seven years or so ago the challenges of her condition and my duties as her caregiver started to increasingly impinge on my available time. I am most grateful to all of my colleagues who have been most generous in making accommodations for my needs.

Just shy two years ago, Pam’s path took a serious downward spiral. 18 months ago her condition became such that she had to move to a nursing home.

I had thought that knowing she would be safe and in caring hands, my time would be freer. While I don’t worry as much as I once did about her care needs, I find her emotional needs to be even more demanding. She so looks forward to my daily visits and is distressed when I am unable to make it. Like everyone else, I have to work to pay the bills. I go see Pam immediately afterwards. Every night I am in District fulfilling a Board obligation, is a day I am unable to visit Pam.

I have come to the difficult decision that is time for me to give up this work. In compliance with Board policy I have here my letter of resignation, effective March 1. Per policy this should be on the next business meeting for us to discuss then a formal announcement to the public will be made. I put the date out to March 1 to allow sufficient time for the process to select someone to be appointed for the remainder of my term. Should whatever process we embark on yield a candidate sooner, I will relinquish my seat before 3/1."

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