(Carlos Restrepo/Democrat News)
"It's just time for somebody else to get some fresh ideas," Crawford said to the board.
The board will begin advertising immediately and for two weeks to receive letters from those interested in serving on the board. The board will hold a special meeting to review candidates at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19. The newly appointed board member will be sworn in at the next board meeting Tuesday, Feb. 26.
The appointed board member will fulfill Crawford's term until the April 2014 municipal election, when he or she may run for re-election.
Coincidentally, Crawford was appointed to former board member Teri Wright's seat after she resigned. He ran unopposed and won in the April 2011 election.
Prior to serving on the board, Crawford also served as chairman of the citizen committee for the two past bond issues campaigns, which did not pass.
Crawford said time constraints did not allow him to spend as much time as he would want on the board.
"I just feel that it is time to give somebody else an opportunity," Crawford said. "I have a wonderful relationship with the board and they are good people but I am on the road all the time, and this board needs a tremendous time commitment. That's really the only reason why I am leaving."
Superintendent Ryan Huff said the board will greatly miss Crawford.
"Wayne has been a great asset to our board," Huff said. "I know it was a hard decision for him. We hate to see him go but we understand completely and we look forward to any people who are interested in the position."
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