Mitch Jensen – a member of the East Valley School District board of directors since 2007 – announced he will resign effective Oct. 14.
In a letter to the board chairman and interim superintendent, Jensen cited frustration over the majority of the new board membership’s decision to jettison the K-8 realignment earlier this year without study and that he is “no longer given the due consideration of a sitting member.”
“I am not giving in, I am not giving up,” Jensen wrote in the letter dated Sept. 28. “I have simply had enough.”
Jensen added that he will continue to be involved in the district that he has given his “time, energy and effort to for the past seven years” but “distancing my family and myself from the toxicity that surrounds this board is my only option.”
Tension between Jensen and other members have been evident since the election of a new majority last fall that were largely critical of the decision to revert elementary schools to a kindergarten-through-eighth-grade format. The board – with Jensen in opposition – voted to have East Valley schools return to K-6 this year and reopen East Valley Middle School.
“It eludes me that any entity would scrap a promising program that had not been given the time to prove itself,” Jensen wrote.
In August, Jensen clashed with board members and Interim Superintendent Tom Gresch in a discussion over teacher resignations.
East Valley board members will now have to appoint a new board member. Jensen’s term expires in November 2015.