Mary McCabe, chair of the Sartell-St. Stephen School Board, has been voted out of that position by fellow school-board members at their Sept. 17 meeting.
Board members voted 4-2 to oust her from her position, with Lesa Kramer and McCabe voting against the resolution.
Board member Chris Gross presented a resolution that listed several reasons why McCabe should not be chair: lack of confidence in her abilities to help achieve the school board’s vision, not adhering to the core values of the district, not working effectively with the board and administrative employees, and failure to follow due process to protect the civil and human rights of all individuals.
McCabe told the board she was disappointed by the resolution against her. She said she agreed to become chair only because the former board chair, Patrick Jacobson-Schulte, had resigned because of his family’s moving from the school district.
The Newsleader was unsuccessful in trying to reach McCabe for comments before this story went to press.
In the past year, there were several board-chair changes. In January, Lesa Kramer was voted in as board chair but later resigned because of time constraints. Jacobson-Schulte then served as a temporary chair, followed by McCabe, who became chair last March.
At the Sept. 17 meeting, board member Dan Riordan was voted in as new board chair to replace McCabe in that position. Riordan, now in his second year of a four-year term, has been elected twice to the board, the first time in 2006.
McCabe was elected to the school board in 2011. Her term will end in 2014. She has not filed for re-election. McCabe has served on the policy, finance and operations committees.
The other members of the board are Gross, Kramer, Riordan, Greg Asfeld and Gary Schnellert.