“When I ran for the school board in 2010, I campaigned on and stated that I would serve one term, and I intend on keeping my word,” Angelucci told the MDJ on Friday.
A mother of three and a former event planner, Angelucci followed the school board for years as a parent, and was elected to the board in November 2010. She is the only female member of the board.
“It’s our responsibility to be involved,” she said. “It’s important to be informed and contribute … I believe in what our Founding Fathers had envisioned: community members stepping up to serve the public and then returning to their lives.”
Angelucci said she is not one to break a promise, and said she will step down when her term on the board ends in December.
Her fellow board members aren’t entirely happy with her decision.
“This will be a loss for the board and the county,” Vice Chairman Randy Scamihorn said.
The board will lose an incredible amount of experience, he said, if Angelucci steps down, and he would like to see her run again.
“I think she’s a good board member. I will support her any way she goes. It’s her choice. She’s done a good job. You don’t want to lose good people,” said fellow member Brad Wheeler.
“She has to do what is best for her and her family circumstances,” board member Tim Stultz said. “I think it’s too bad she is not going to run again; she is a very good board member.”
Board members Stultz and Scott Sweeney are also up for re-election this year, although neither has announced any intentions to run again.
County Commissioner Bob Ott said he’s enjoyed working with Angelucci over the years, and was disappointed she wouldn’t be seeking re-election.
“Her dedication and integrity is greatly needed in the school system, and I think she would do a tremendous job for another four years, so it will be a great loss,” Ott said. “I think in this era of distrust of
government, Kathy is someone that I think everyone can look up to and have faith in.”
A fiscal conservative, Angelucci has stood her ground on controversial issues, often siding with teachers over central office staff, asking questions and refusing to make any rash decisions.
She has been an outspoken critic of Common Core standards, and has made it clear she prefers to cut central office administrators rather than classroom teachers. Recently, she led the charge to rewrite the district’s staff discipline policy to give teachers more of a voice during disciplinary actions.
Qualifying week for the school board election is in March, with primary elections in May. The general election for school board members will be in November.
“I look forward to seeing how the race to fill her seat goes,” Stultz said.