Betsy Lubke is ending her three-term tenure on the Milton School Board one year early, announcing her resignation Monday in a news release.
Lubke was first elected to the board in 2010. Her resignation takes effect Friday, and the seat will be up for re-election next spring.
Her husband retired last year, and the couple want to spend more time traveling. Their son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter live in Minneapolis, so the Lubkes are planning regular trips to Minnesota, she said.
Attending two board meetings per month and a slew of committee meetings makes travel planning difficult.
“It’s a big time commitment,” Lubke said. “I really felt like from a personal perspective, I didn’t think I’d be able to give it as much time as I really wanted to. The time was just right to resign from the board.”
The thought of leaving the board has been in the back of her mind since her husband retired. That idea became a reality within the past month, she said.
Once she made that choice, she wanted to resign before committees are reorganized with newly elected board members, she said.
Outgoing board President Bob Cullen said the board is losing a strong leader and advocate for children’s education. The board likely will discuss replacement options at Monday’s meeting, he said.
Board policies posted on the school district website say applicants for open seats can write letters of interest to district officials. The board then would interview those candidates and appoint a successor, approved with a majority vote.
Had Lubke resigned with enough advance notice before the spring election, voters could have directly elected her replacement. Incumbent Shelly Crull-Hanke finished fourth, missing re-election by about 100 votes.
Lubke didn’t think resigning after the election was an issue.
“The decision I made has really just been in the past month. I didn’t feel whether I’m on the board or not would make a big difference on how people voted in the past election,” she said. “I didn’t have concerns about that, really. It was more a matter of my own personal decision.”
Helping start a program that provides technology to all students was one of her biggest accomplishments, she said. She also said hiring Tim Schigur as district administrator was a positive “change of culture” for Milton.
She hopes the board will continue to push for a facilities solution that many people can support. Finding a good compromise could reunify the community after two failed referendums, she said.
Besides regular trips to Minnesota, the Lubkes are planning a vacation in the Bahamas this fall and will attend a wedding in the Dominican Republic next February.
They have no plans to leave Milton for now, but the desire to be closer to family eventually could push them to live in Minnesota, she said.