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School board member resigns

By: Brandon Darnell, News Messenger Reporter
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James McLeod, who has served on the Western Placer Unified School District Board for five years, resigned Jan. 6. The school board elected to take applications for a new board member at the Feb. 4 meeting, and those will be accepted through Feb. 20, with the replacement chosen at the March 4 meeting. “There were a couple of different reasons,” McLeod said Friday. “Most of my friends know that this past winter we had an illness and a death in the family. We’re still dealing with the aftermath.” McLeod added that another reason for his resignation is that he is “95 percent sure” he will retire from his job as senior civil engineer for the city of Lincoln. If that happens, McLeod said he would just end up filing his resignation in another six months. “I thought the district would best be served by my resigning,” McLeod said. “I’m wishing the district and the board the best in the future. There are some difficult times ahead, but the leadership is strong enough to carry them through.” Board Member Paul Long served with McLeod. “He was an excellent board member, and he was a good liaison to the city,” Long said. “He kept us up to date on the projects that affected the schools. He’s going to be missed. He was a really good board member.” Upon his retiring, McLeod said he plans to spend time at his cabin in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the town of Arnold. McLeod will be replaced at the March 4 meeting by a board appointment. Applications for the position must be received by Feb. 20 at the district offices at 600 Sixth St. Further application information is available online at wpusd.k12.ca.us. Brandon Darnell can be reached by email at brandond@goldcountrymedia.com.