Starnes resigns Autauga BOE seat

Tammy Starnes at Thursday night's meeting - Photo by Marc Parker
Tammy Starnes at Thursday night's meeting - Photo by Marc Parker

Prattville – Tammy Starnes, who represents District 1 on the Autauga County School Board, has resigned after serving in that position for five and a half years, and announced that decision during Thursday night’s meeting.

Starnes read an emotional resignation letter stating that this would be her last board meeting and that she would be stepping down as of March 15, 2010 to accept a federally funded job.

“I am a little saddened that I cannot continue to be a voice for educators, parents and the community on the school board but I know that the board will continue to work together to make that stand,” she said. “Just because you won’t see me sitting at the table doesn’t mean that I will not be standing behind the podium lobbying for my own children and children who do not have voice.”

The educator, who was elected in 2004 to a six-year term, will be leaving her post to accept a Title III position, about seven months shy of the completion of her first term.

“I’m going to be leading the Alabama Department of Education’s English Language Learners program, so I can’t continue to serve in a partisan position or run in a partisan position if my full-time job is federally funded,” Starnes told Our Prattville after the Thursday meeting. “But, I’ll continue to work with children and spend more time at home with mine.”

Starnes has a son who is in fourth grade at Daniel Pratt Elementary and a daughter of pre-school age.

Board members are expected to begin an interview process to replace Starnes.

Article by Melissa Parker

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