Sullivan resigns from school board
SUMMIT COUNTY – Dr. Garrett Sullivan stepped down from the Summit School Board Wednesday after nine years of service.Sullivan, a local doctor, has faced increasing professional demands recently, with the medical community’s imminent move to a new hospital.”There’s a lot going on with the planning, numerous committees are forming, and I’ve just found that I’ve had meetings piled on top of meetings. I couldn’t be in two places at once,” Sullivan said.In his resignation letter, Sullivan made a point of saying his resignation was not a result of any conflict or controversy with other board members or district leadership.Sullivan said that the move from the current Summit Medical Center to the new facility will be a substantial challenge over the next several months.”We’re going to have to have trial runs and check all the systems in a dry run before we make the move,” he said. “You’ve got to be fully operational at one site one day and fully operational at another a day later.” Sullivan is also recruiting new staff for his own business, Alpine Anesthesia and Pain Management, as well as for the hospital.”He will be sorely missed,” said school board president Kristy Johnson. “Garrett offered wisdom, creativity and a new way of thinking about everything. … The hospital is fortunate to have his energy and his wisdom.”Sullivan said one of his proudest accomplishments as a school board member was bringing the International Baccalaureate (IB) program to Summit schools. IB is an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based model of instruction that encourages students to see themselves as part of the global community.The district posted a vacancy announcement Thursday for Sullivan’s seat, which is up for election in Nov. 2005. Interested applicants must submit letters of interest and completed applications available at the school district’s central office at 150 School Road. The application deadline is March 9. The Board of Education will conduct interviews in mid-March.For more information contact Karen Mack, secretary to the board, at (970) 668-3011.Resignation LetterTo (superintendent) Millie Hamner and Board of Ed.,Due to the upcoming opening of the new hospital in Summit County and all of the added responsibilities that I need to attend to, it is necessary for me to resign my position as director. I regret any disruption to the ongoing work of the board that this might cause, but I also believe that this is a period of stability and strength for Summit School District.I remain fully supportive of the current board and leadership and expect that you will move forward in the positive directions that have emerged.Many resignations are perceived to have hidden meaning, and are codified in words such as, “want to spend more time with my family.” My resignation means only one thing: I am truly too overcommitted to important professional responsibilities to be able to serve my fellow board members, the district and the community to the best of my ability.I wish you all the very best for this year and many more.Yours sincerely,S. Garrett Sullivan
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