Patrick Jacobson-Schulte recently announced he will resign from the Sartell-St. Stephen School Board because he and his family will soon move outside of the school district to a home that better meets the needs of his family.
According to a news release from the superintendent’s office, Jacobson-Schulte will resign from the school board effective May 30.
It is a requirement that members of the school board must be residents within the district they serve.
The board will discuss how to replace Jacobson-Schulte at a work session scheduled for May 14.
Jacobson-Schulte is the second board member to resign in the past three months. Julie Zupfer Anderson resigned previously because of differences among board members on which direction to take the district.
The school board will now decide the best way to proceed to replace both with interim members, a process that is already being studied by board members.
In a letter written to the school board and superintendent, Jacobson-Schulte wrote: “Being a 30-plus-year resident of Sartell and a graduate of District 748, I will cherish all of the opportunities I was given by the Sartell-St. Stephen School District staff, administration, teachers and community. The professional guidance and support over the last four years has been second to none.”
The school board accepted his resignation with regret.
“The Sartell-St. Stephen School Board District 748 extends our thanks and appreciation to Mr. Jacobson-Schulte for his service to the district,” school board chair Mary McCabe wrote in a statement. “While we understand his need to make the best decision for his family, the board of education will keenly feel the loss of Patrick’s participation, involvement, leadership and energy at the board table.”