Mt. Vernon Register-News

June 27, 2013

Alvis steps down from board

By TRAVIS MORSE travis.morse@register-news.com
The Register-News

---- — MT. VERNON – Kim Alvis has resigned from the Mt. Vernon Township High School Board of Education because of her new job with SSM Health Care in St. Louis.

The MVTHS Board announced the resignation at a special meeting Tuesday night. However, since the resignation was not on the agenda, it could not be formally accepted by the board. That acceptance is expected in the near future and the district is moving forward with finding a replacement.

Alvis explained her reasons for stepping down in a letter to the board.

“As you know, I have had a career change and am now working in St. Louis during the week,” Alvis wrote in the letter. “While I am still a resident of Mt. Vernon and am home on the weekends, I do not feel that I can appropriately attend all of the Board of Education meetings.”

She also wrote that she is resigning with “mixed emotions.”

“I have enjoyed working with each of you and I wish you continued success in building the new school,” Alvis wrote.

Alvis added Wednesday that she would like to stay on the board, but that it's “not possible anymore.”

This is the second resignation for the MVTHS Board in a little over a month. Cynthia Davis stepped down for family reasons in May and has been replaced by Norma Fairchild, who was sworn in at Tuesday's meeting.

Alvis was in her fifth year on the board and was a valued member, said Board President Carl Miller. Last year, Alvis served as vice president of the board.

“We will miss her. She brought a special talent to the board,” Miller said. “She was a CPA and her knowledge of finance was very valuable to us.”

Alvis also had a great deal of experience. Prior to joining the MVTHS Board, she spent 12 years on the Field Grade School Board of Education, Miller said.

“She had a lot of experience in board work and board/teacher relations and most of all in finance,” Miller said. “She was a very good member.”

The district has three options for announcing an opening on the board – publication, speaking about it at a public meeting, and placing a notice on the district's website. MVTHS has chosen the last two options for Alvis' position, rather than publicizing the opening in the media, said Superintendent Michael Smith.

The board may still use the publication option in the future, however, depending on how many letters of interest are received.

Ideally, officials would like to name Alvis' replacement by the next full board meeting July 15, but that is a “tight timeline,” Smith said.

“I think we'll make every effort to do that,” Smith said.

A follow-up special meeting of the MVTHS Board has not yet been scheduled.