By ZEINAB NAJM
HEIGHTS — The Dearborn Heights District 7 Board of Education will be looking to fill not one, but two vacant seats following recent resignations.
President Carrie Harleton said she received letters of resignation from Trustees Karen Whisler and Nate Cann. She read the letters during a Sept. 7 meeting.
Whisler did not give a reason in her letter.
“It is with a heavy heart that I am tendering my resignation from the school board effective immediately,” she wrote. “A signed letter is being mailed to the board of education.”
Harleton addressed Whisler on behalf of the board. She said that Whisler was a great asset to the A-team of eight and that she will be missed.
“I would like to thank Ms. Whisler for her passion and dedication to D7 as a parent, an employee and a board member for the last four years,” Harleton said.
Cann, said the reason for his resignation from the board was for family reasons.
“I appreciated the support from the D7 community, my family and friends,” his letter said. “I’ve had the pleasure to work with great board members and to be a part of the success of D7 schools’ much needed administration.”
Again, Harleton addressed the resignation by saying Cann was a great asset to the team and that he will be missed.
“I would also like to thank you for your passion and dedication for D7 as a parent and board member for the last two years,” she said.
Harleton thanked both trustees for their service on the board.
“Our A-team of eight made some tough decisions together to help D7 continue to move forward in a great direction,” she said. “We stayed focused through many obstacles and continued to do things for the best interest of the district.”
The board has 30 days to fill the vacancies. The next two board meetings are scheduled for Sept. 21 and Oct. 5.
The board also will have to fill committee seats held by Whisler and Cann along with naming a new treasurer and secretary.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected])