Park City Board of Education member Petra Butler is resigning from the Park City School District Board of Education. Park City School Board President Andrew Caplan made the announcement at this morning’s (Tuesday’s) school board meeting.
Petra Butler is the third school board member to resign in two years. Her resignation is effective December 31st. She was elected to the office in 2015. She represents the constituents of District 3 and also represents the board on a number of organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, Summit County, Latino Advocacy Committee, and the Park City Education Association.
Reading from a statement, School Board President Andrew Caplan noted that Butler has Butler has helped develop the district’s Strategic Plan and select the new Superintendent. As a former member of the FBI, Butler has advocated for improving the safety and security in the schools. Caplan added said she’s been an incredible asset to the school board.
“ She’s always had the best interest of our students and employees at the center of all that she does. Her experience and knowledge will be greatly missed. We wish her the best as she goes on to spend time with her family. I think we call say we are extremely saddened by this but respect her decision.”
The board will begin looking for Butler’s replacement soon and expect to have a new member appointed by mid-January.
“We will begin the process of accepting applications for her position after the Thanksgiving holiday. That process will be open till the first week of January and we’ll schedule some interviews and the selection process shortly after that.”
District 3 represents the neighborhoods of Park West,Park Meadows, Quarry Mountain, Ranch Place and Silver Springs.
Butler follows the early resignations of Phil Kaplan from District 1 in 2017. Anne Peters was appointed to serve his unexpired term and was re-elected after running unopposed in this year’s election. Julie Eihausen resigned early from her from District 5 seat last year. Erin Grady was appointed to serve that unexpired term and Grady also was reelected this year after running unopposed. Former Superintendent Ember Conley resigned early from her contract in 2017 as well.
Butler did not attend Tuesday’s board meeting.