Joshua Judd

Joshua Judd

MARICOPA — At the beginning of Wednesday night’s Maricopa Unified School District meeting, board member Joshua Judd unexpectedly resigned from his position. He was elected in 2016, started his term in January 2017, and would have ended his term in December of this year.

“Tonight is going to be my last board meeting, I have submitted my resignation to Dr. Lopeman,” Judd said. “It’s been a pleasure serving the district.”

Judd cited home and work life as the reasoning for his departure, but voiced his appreciation for the board members and staff.

“I would like to thank all the incredible people on this dais and all the people in this room for all they do for this district day in and day out,” Judd said. “It’s been, again, one of the pleasures of my life to serve on the district (board).”

Other members were sad to see him go, and stated that he would be sorely missed.

“Thank you. You know I’m sad that you are leaving, I don’t want to accept it,” said board member Patti Coutre jokingly. “I wish you all the best and I have truly, truly enjoyed all the time we have spent together on the dais.”

Board President AnnaMarie Knorr echoed Coutre, and added that Judd’s position as a teacher in another district gave him a unique voice on the board.

“Obviously if we could reject his resignation we would,” Knorr said laughing. “It’s been a pleasure to serve with you and to get to know you. Your insight has been invaluable, especially about the classroom and teacher perspective. We’re very fortunate to have that.”

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Katie Sawyer covers Maricopa and the surrounding area for PinalCentral, including city, education, business, crime and more. She can be reached at ksawyer@pinalcentral.com.

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