Tallmadge -- The most tenured member of the Tallmadge Board of Education, Valorie Prulhiere, announced Feb. 19 that she's resigning from service to the school district as of March 20.
Prulhiere, a registered nurse at Summa Akron City Hospital, is moving to Tampa, Fla., to be with her husband who has been working there. She'll work as a nurse at a nearby hospital.
In a letter read by Board President Rick Kellar, Prulhiere said she is grateful she has been able to serve the community.
"[I] am confident that as the Board moves forward, it will continue to keep what is in the best interests of children as a beacon, lighting the way," she wrote.
"I am proud to have worked with this Board and administrative team that advocate and work for excellence in education without personal agendas or biases," she continued. "The excellence in learning that occurs in each building is a direct result of the outstanding professional and support staff who value children."
Prulhiere told the Tallmadge Express she's proud the school district focuses on academic rigor and creates and maintains opportunities for students to be competitive.
"She's been on the Board for over 12 years. She's been a PTA [Parent Teacher Association] mom. She's done a great, selfless service for this city and for the school district and for the kids and parents," Kellar said. "Life happens. I'm happy for her next stage of life, but we'll definitely miss her."
Prulhiere, a 1976 graduate of Tallmadge High School, has lived here since she was 7 years old. She and her husband, Jeff Prulhiere, have three children who are also graduates of THS.
"It's time for a new adventure," she said, adding that the decision to leave Tallmadge was made with mixed emotions.
The Board has 30 days from when her seat is vacated to name a replacement. If the Board fails to do so within that time line, the Summit County Probate Court would assign a replacement within another 30 days.
Although Prulhiere's term expires Dec. 31, 2017, the Board member chosen to replace her will serve until the first of the year following the next election, which is Jan. 1, 2016.
Board members serve four-year terms. The terms of the members are staggered so that not all of them are up for re-election at the same time.
Those interested in filling the vacancy may submit a one-page letter of interest and attached resume (optional) to Kellar's attention at the school district's office at McCombs Education Center, 486 East Ave., Tallmadge, 44278.
Candidates must reside in Tallmadge and be interviewed by the Board. The application deadline is 4 p.m. March 18.
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