Tim Fulton has served on the board since 2008. (KCAW photo, Robert Woolsey)

Tim Fulton has served on the board since 2008. (KCAW photo, Robert Woolsey)

Fulton submitted his letter of resignation for consideration by the board at its first meeting of the new school year on August 25th.

Fulton has been participating in the last few school board meetings via teleconference, while he tends to the needs of his aging parents in Idaho.

In his letter he writes, “As important as my work on the School Board is I believe that caring for my parents takes precedence.”

If accepted by the board, Fulton’s resignation will be effective September 1, 2016. The remaining board members then have 30 days to appoint someone to serve out his term, which ends in October, 2017.

Although the board will set the final schedule, district staff have recommended that it accept applications from interested persons through September 21, and conduct interviews on September 27.

The board is familiar with the drill; last August they replaced former board president Lon Garrison through a similar process, selecting Jennifer McNichol.

Fulton is one of the boards most senior members. He was first elected in 2008.

In the meantime, Sitka voters have two candidates to choose from to fill a regular board vacancy during the municipal election this October. Incumbent Jennifer McNichol is being challenged by repeat candidate Ed Gray. The election is Tuesday, October 4.