Published December 07, 2012
Griffin School Board member resignsLisa Pemberton, staff writer
Griffin School Board member Neil Falkenburg has resigned from his elected position, saying hes ready to step aside for new leadership. I was so impressed by the energy and enthusiasm at the Griffin auction back in September, I thought its a good time, he said. The district is in great hands, has solid footing, financially, and we just completed contract negotiations. I kind of made myself a deal that if we got all of that done then it was time. Falkenburg, 53, of the Steamboat Island community near Olympia, took office in December 2001. During his tenure, all three of his kids attended and graduated from the 650-student, K-8 district.Falkenburg was a key leader in the schools modernization and addition project in 2003, and served on the districts assessment, technology, school finance and personnel committees. I truly cherished my time on the Griffin School Board, he said. It was an amazing experience.Griffin principal-superintendent Greg Woods said Falkenburg epitomizes what a board member should be." He was always an advocate for the district and made decisions guided by policy, Woods said. ...His leadership guided Griffin through many challenging initiatives and I cannot personally thank him enough for what he was done for me professionally, and I will always consider him a friend. The district is accepting applications for the position through Jan. 2. Applicants or nominees must live within the districts boundaries and be registered to vote. The appointee will serve in the position until it expires in November 2013, according to district spokeswoman Kelli Anderson.