Jordan resigns from Florence School board | Education

FLORENCE — Florence school board member and former board president Bill Jordan resigned his position Friday.

Jordan, the District 2 representative who began his third term on the board last fall, submitted his formal letter of resignation early Friday morning. The resignation is effective Friday.

Jordan attended Thursday’s called board meeting to approve the bid for the new Florence Middle School. That project, at $34.6 million, is scheduled to begin its construction phase next month.

Jordan did not state in his letter a reason for the resignation, and attempts to contact him on Friday were unsuccessful.

In his resignation letter Jordan said he’d been “privileged to serve with a group of honorable people, dedicated to the students of public education.”

School board President Bill Griffin said Jordan will be missed, calling him “a good communicator and a great leader.”

Griffin said he’s depended on Jordan the past six months since he became board president, relying on his experience and direction.

“I’ve called him my Moses for the last six months,” he said.

Griffin said the timing of Jordan’s resignation is primarily to allow the new board member to be involved in the superintendent selection process.

Consultants in the search are expected to bring the names of top applicants before the board April 3.

“His thinking was if he was going to step down, he shouldn’t be part of the selection process of the new superintendent. The new board member should have that role,” Griffin said.

The Florence Board of Education is immediately accepting letters of interest from qualified residents of District 2.

Applicants must be a registered voter, at least 21 years of age, and a current resident of District 2 for at least the past six months.

Applicants cannot be an employee of the Florence Board of Education, or have a record of conviction for any crime…

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