Rancho Santa Fe School District board member Richard Burdge resigns

Rancho Santa Fe School District Superintendent Lindy Delaney sent a letter to parents May 16 announcing that “long-standing and dedicated” board member Richard Burdge has resigned his position from the RSF School District Board of Trustees.

“During the past 11 years, Richard served the Rancho Santa Fe School District extremely well,” Delaney said in the letter. “Before joining the School Board, Richard single-handedly and successfully managed the passage of a $4.8 million dollar Prop K GO Bond Measure for the modernization of District facilities, $2.8 million of which was used in the 2010 renovation of the new school.

“During Richard's years on the Board, he played an instrumental role in maintaining the highest standards possible for the education of our students. Among his many contributions, he was involved in the successful passage of bond measures, renovation of the current site, obtaining $8.2 million dollars from the State of California for modernization and new construction, acquisition of property adjacent to the Rowe Campus, the refunding of the 2004 and 2008 GO Bonds, and helping the District maintain a strong fiscal position through one of the most challenging times this District has ever encountered.

“We wish Richard and his family the best life has to offer and hope that he knows how very much his time and energy and dedication to our District has made a difference in the lives of our students and community. On a personal note, it has been a pleasure and honor to work with Richard all of these years.”

Delaney went on to say in the letter that the RSF School board would meet on Tuesday, May 17 to discuss the new vacancy on the school board. She added that anyone who would like to apply for the vacancy on the school board would have to do so by 10 a.m. Thursday, May 19.

The school board will interview interested candidates in Open Session at a special board meeting on Friday, May 20, at 8 a.m. in the school's Performing Arts Center.

Delaney said she hopes the board will select a candidate May 20 to fill the vacancy “so the new Board member can be involved in the process of selecting a new Superintendent.”

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