Village News Staff
The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District Board of Trustees announced at the Sept. 12 meeting the resignation of Dr. Stacey McRae, who served as the President of the School Board.
"Dr. McRae is relocating, and in accordance with trustee area requirements, she has stepped down from her role as an FUESD Board President and has submitted her resignation to the County School Board effective Sept. 7, 2023," said FUESD Board Vice President Mary McBride.
McBride, according to the FUESD bylaws, accepted the position of president and continued to preside over the meeting.
FUESD Superintendent Monika Hazel, in a press release, stated that "Her decision (McRae) to resign was a well-considered one, and she expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to contribute to the school district and the community. Dr. McRae stated, 'I feel a deep sense of gratitude for the privilege to work alongside the outstanding members of our Executive Team. Their exceptional talents in their respective domains and focus on student wellbeing have consistently inspired me during my time in this role.'"
At the Monday night regular meeting, Sept. 11, the board considered their options, as explained by attorney Jonathan Pearl, of Dannis Woliver Kelley, for filling the vacancy, either by special election or by appointing a trustee to fill the position until the regular 2024 election.
The School Board will now begin the process of selecting a new trustee to fill the vacancy left by Dr. McRae.
Superintendent Hazel wrote, "In light of this development, Trustee McBride, Vice President, will assume the role of President. She is committed to representing our community effectively and professionally. She recognizes the importance of this role and the associated responsibilities and pledges to work diligently and collaboratively with fellow board members to ensure the continued progress and success of our educational community."
"The District remains committed to its mission to provide outstanding education and cultivate an environment where students can excel academically and socially. I will actively maintain close communication with our dedicated staff and engaged community throughout the process of selecting a new trustee.
"We extend our heartfelt appreciation to Dr. McRae for her dedicated service to Fallbrook Union Elementary School District and convey our best wishes for her future endeavors."