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Wendy Reuer, Published September 12 2013

Kristine Thompson resigns from Moorhead School Board

MOORHEAD – Kristine Thompson, a longtime School Board member resigned this week to take a job with the district.

She is expected to be replaced by former School Board member Trudy Wilmer.

Thompson started her new position as service learning coordinator on Tuesday.

Thompson served on the board since 1998, often as chairwoman. She said the decision to resign from the board was difficult and “bittersweet”

“Legally and ethically, I couldn’t’ remain on the board,” she said.

State law does not permit school board members to make more than $8,000 a year from the School District in which they serve, said Superintendent Lynne Kovash.

Kovash said the board will appoint Wilmer on Sept. 23 to serve out the remainder of Thompson’s term, which would have expired on Jan. 1, 2015.

There are no formal rules for who the board must appoint, so it looked at the last election and considered candidates who finished behind Thompson.

Wilmer lives in Moorhead with her husband and three children. She is a controller for MidAmerica Holdings.

In 2010, Wilmer was appointed to the board after finishing second election to Bryce Haugen for a two-year seat.

Haugen resigned shortly after the election.

Thompson, who has taught at Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead and Minnesota Community and Technical College, said the service learning position fit well with her career goals and experience.

Kovash said the district was looking to expand its service learning program – a curriculum that places an emphasis on community service and engagement.

“She’s has a lot of good leadership and experience that is a nice fit for (the position),” Kovash said.

Board members are paid $800 per month salary.

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Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530