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TVUSD Board Member Adam Skumawitz resigns seat

 

Last updated 6/28/2019 at 8:39am

TEMECULA - Temecula Valley Unified School District Governing Board Member Adam Skumawitz chose to turn in a letter of resignation to the district on Wednesday, June 26.

Skumawitz, who represents District 4 and assumed the seat after being elected in 2018, made the decision to resign his seat after learning he could be found in violation of government code.

His wife, Jen, who worked as a two-day-a-week counselor in the TVUSD district this school year, was offered a full-time position in the same role, and shortly after the offer, Skumawitz was contacted by the district regarding a potential conflict of interest pertaining to Government Code 1090.

According to the law, the spouse of an elected official who currently works within the school district, cannot accept a promotion or role within the district that increases compensation without putting the elected official in violation of the law.

Skumawitz said that when campaigned to fill the District 4 seat, he was unaware of the law and unaware of the possibility of a job promotion for his wife.

Rather than fight the obscurities of the law either personally or through the district, or deny his wife the opportunity to accept the job, Skumawitz instead chose to step down in support of his wife.

Late Thursday, TVUSD released a statement.

"Temecula Valley Unified School District Board of Education member, Adam Skumawitz, announced Thursday, June 27, 2019, that he would be resigning from the Board effective immediately. Mr. Skumawitz has served on the TVUSD Board since December 2018, with his current term scheduled to end in December 2022. Mr. Skumawitz is resigning to comply with Government Code 1090."

TVUSD Superintendent Tim Ritter offered praise for Skumawitz and the work he has done on the board during his brief stint.

“Mr. Skumawitz is a high-quality individual who is significantly engaged in the community and representation of TVUSD. He has consistently shown his commitment to academic excellence and equitability for all students, collaborative problem-solving, fiscal responsibility, and transparency,” Ritter said.

TVUSD Board President Dr. Rutz-Robbins said, “After hearing from legal counsel, we understand the reason for his decision, we thank him for his service and appreciate his dedication to the TVUSD community. He will be missed."

Fellow board member Barbara Brosch was saddened by the turn of events.

"Adam has been a valued colleague and my friend," Brosch said. "Adam cares deeply about our community and our school district. An unfortunate chain of events has led to him making the difficult decision to resign. While I am deeply upset about the loss of Adam to our board, I support his decision 100% to choose his family."

According to Laura Boss, Public Information Officer for TVUSD, the remaining members of the board will ultimately make the decision on who replaces Skumawitz.

"The Board of Education will consider making a provisional appointment to fill Mr. Skumawitz’s Trustee Area Four seat within 60 days of the vacancy," Boss wrote. "The appointment process will include an advertisement of the position to solicit applicants. A board sub-committee will be convened to confirm the applicant’s eligibility. Eligible applicants will then be interviewed at a public board meeting and selection of the provisional appointee will be by a majority vote."

Boss said the timeline and application process will be posted on the TVUSD website as soon as "the information is finalized."

"With regard to Adam's successor, that person should embody the values and integrity as Adam does," Brosch continued. "I am confident that process will be transparent for all of our stakeholders."

This is a breaking news story that will be updated when more information becomes available.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at [email protected]

 

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