Shakopee School Board Chair Reggie Bowerman to step down in December

Shakopee School Board Member Reggie Bowerman

Shakopee School Board Chair Reggie Bowerman will vacate his position on the board effective in December 2019 as his family prepares to move to Missouri.

Bowerman was originally appointed to the board in November 2008 for a partial term in 2008-09. He was then was elected in 2011 and reelected in 2015. His term is due to expire at the end of 2020, with his seat up for grabs in the upcoming 2020 election. (His latest term was originally supposed to conclude in December 2019, but the board voted in 2016 to move elections to even years, which lengthened some terms by one year).

Shakopee School Board member Reggie Bowerman
Photo courtesy Shakopee Public Schools

Bowerman confirmed on Friday that he plans to step down in December because his family is moving to Missouri in the spring to be closer to his and his wife’s aging parents. Bowerman has lived in Shakopee since 2000, with his children graduating from Shakopee High School in 2011 and 2013.

“Our children are on their own and we both have elderly parents who need our primary focus and attention. This move will allow us to be closer to them when they need us the most,” Bowerman said in a district press release.

As with former board member Mary Romansky’s resignation in January 2018, the remaining board members must decide how to fill the vacant seat for the rest of the term.

According to state statute, the board can appoint a new member or hold a special election, which would cost taxpayer money. In the case of Romansky, the board accepted applications and used a scoring system to whittle it down to two finalists. When one of the finalists removed her name from consideration, board member Judi Tomczik was appointed in April and sworn in in June 2018. She was subsequently elected in November 2018 to a four-year term that began in January.

According to state statute, the board can appoint a new member or hold a special election, which would cost taxpayer money. In the case of Romansky, the board accepted applications and used a scoring system to whittle it down to two finalists. When one of the finalists removed her name from consideration, board member Judi Tomczik was appointed in April and sworn in in June 2018. She was subsequently elected in November 2018 to a four-year term that began in January.

Here’s the state statute relating to school board vacancies, for those of you into legalese:

Bowerman will serve the remainder of 2019 as board chair. Once Bowerman vacates his seat, the board will have to appoint a new chairperson, though the board chooses a chairperson routinely every January.

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