By Ivan Raconteur
After more than eight years on the Lester Prairie School Board, Police Chief Bob Carlson has resigned, effective Monday, March 31.
“I have faithfully served my two terms on the board, but, when they added the extra year, it placed a burden on me and my family,” Carlson said.
Last year, the Lester Prairie School District moved its elections to coincide with the even-year elections. To accomplish this, the district extended board contracts by a year.
Carlson said he reluctantly voted in favor of the extension when it came up, but now feels that he needs to focus on his family and his career.
Carlson and his wife, Kristi, have three children. Their youngest son, Caiden, was born last November. Their other children, Calli, 6, and Chase, 8, both attend school in Lester Prairie.
“I’m still going to be involved in that school. I just won’t be a decision maker on the board,” Carlson commented.
As part of his police department duties, he will continue to serve as the school resource officer.
He said he also plans to continue announcing the school basketball games.
Carlson was elected to his first term on the school board in 2000.
“I wanted to make sure my kids, and the other kids in the district, got the best education possible,” Carlson said.
During his time on the board, Carlson said there has been a commitment to making the school and its facilities better.
The board has hired some positive principals and an excellent administrator during that period, according to Carlson.
“We have kept the school afloat. We got the school out of statutory operating debt, and worked out the sports pairing with Holy Trinity,” Carlson said.
He feels good about the board’s accomplishments during his two terms.
“I am leaving the school in better shape than it was in when I stared,” he commented.
While his experience on the school board has been a positive one, Carlson said the time has come for him to re-prioritize his life.
“My focus will be family first, and career second,” Carlson commented.
Anyone who wishes to serve on the Lester Prairie School Board can contact Superintendent Joe Miller.
The term Carlson is serving will be up for election, as will the seats held by board members Jeff Hecksel and Melissa Williams.
The terms of the other board members, Fred Blaser, Chester Hoernemann, and Jim Jorgenson, will be up in 2010.