Peterson steps down; will move to Humboldt

Deb Peterson, Fort Dodge Community School District board member, resigned from the board Monday following its first meeting after the Sept. 10 school board election.

Peterson is moving with her family to Humboldt, she said. FDCSD rules state its board members must live within the Fort Dodge school district.

Once the board had concluded its meeting, Peterson submitted her resignation to board Secretary Robert Hughes, FDCSD assistant superintendent.

Peterson was elected in 2011 to a four-year term.

“I’m really sad,” she said to the board. “Because there’s two years left on my term, they have to appoint somebody. I’ll miss it. I absolutely loved every minute of being on this school board.”

Peterson said she was unable to resign before the deadline had passed for the school board candidates to file their paperwork, and wanted to wait until after the election to resign so it would not seem she was giving up her seat for the benefit of another candidate.

With Peterson’s resignation, the board will have 30 days to appoint a replacement to serve the remainder of her term.

Stuart Cochrane, FDCSD board president, said applications will be taken and interviews will be conducted.

According to Hughes, the board will nominate a candidate at its next regular meeting on Oct. 14, which is near the 30-day deadline.

If a person is not appointed to the seat within 30 days, the district will have to hold a special election to fill the vacant seat.