Karen McQuoid

Karen McQuoid will step down to pursue opportunity in Florida

There were a number of recurrent items of new business at Isle School Board’s first summer meeting. Among the usual bookkeeping of renewing Minnesota State High School League membership and the CLC College in the Schools/Concurrent Enrollment Agreement, the board saw its current chair, Karen McQuoid, put forward her resignation, effective this August.

Chair resignation

Superintendent Dean Kapsner announced McQuoid’s resignation while covering the latter half of the meeting’s consent agenda. “Of course, with great regret,” he said, “we accept the resignation … of board chair McQuoid, effective August 16 of this year.”

McQuoid elaborated on her reasons for departing, stating that she had been presented with an opportunity to move her medical device consulting company, originally founded in Isle in 1999, to Florida. “I’ll be travelling to Florida about 50 percent of the time,” she said.

However, she added that she and her family had no intention of selling their home in the area, nor would they be selling Mac’s Twin Bay Resort. She had consulted with the Minnesota School Board Association, and as she will no longer be a resident of Minnesota, she will need to resign from her position. She further noted it was not intentional that her resignation had followed her son’s graduation with the class of 2019.

McQuoid said the timing of resignation was set up to give the board time to find someone to fill the position. There is not time to organize a special election when McQuoid’s resignation takes effect in August, Kapsner explained. At the August board meeting, vice chair Randy Christensen plans to lead the meeting, and ça new board member will be appointed if a willing and viable candidate has been found. That individual would serve on the board until the 2020 general election, and the open seat would be included in that election to fill the remaining two years of McQuoid’s term.

School board member Jason Gallion echoed Kapsner’s words, emphasizing that the board accepted McQuoid’s resignation with “great regret.”

Following the meeting, McQuoid addressed the Messenger, saying she wanted to encourage the community to volunteer for the board position. “It’s not as painful as it looks,” she added.

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