Chesterfield School Board member resigns amid health concerns

Patricia M. Carpenter (PHOTO: Chesterfield County Public Schools)

Patricia M. Carpenter (PHOTO: Chesterfield County Public Schools)

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – Patricia M. Carpenter has resigned from her seat representing the Midlothian District on the Chesterfield County School Board. Carpenter cited health reasons for her immediate resignation.

“I can never adequately thank the citizens of Midlothian for placing their confidence in me, especially during a time when our School System has faced so many challenges,” Carpenter wrote in her resignation letter. “Unfortunately, I have recently been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (“COPD”) which no longer allows me to devote the time and energy that serving on the School Board requires and which the community — and our students — deserve. In consultation with my family and physician, I have decided that I must focus on improving and regaining my health.”

The Chesterfield School Board will appoint an interim board member within 45 days. A permanent board member will be selected in a special election.

“Because the vacancy has occurred within 90 days of the next general election on Nov. 5, 2013, the special election will be held no later than the next general election in November 2014,” the county wrote in an email.

“I remain committed to our community and its children, and will continue to do what I can to help ensure that Chesterfield remains one of the best communities in the country to raise a family,” Carpenter said.

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