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School board vice president announces resignation, cites ‘new opportunity’

Lorraine Alderman to give up post effective Wednesday

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Lorraine Alderman, Clark County School Board trustee, applauds during a CCSD orientation session for new teachers at the Venetian Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. Over 1,700 teachers took part in the orientation.

Updated Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 | 12:43 p.m.

Clark County School Board member Lorraine Alderman is resigning her seat, effective Wednesday.

Alderman made the announcement today in a post on her Facebook page.

“In a nutshell, most people know that I am a woman of faith, and God has opened a new door of opportunity for me that I simply cannot let pass by. The only problem is there is simply not enough time in the day to pursue this new adventure and serve on the school board,” the post read.

In a telephone interview this afternoon, Alderman said she could not yet comment on specifics of the opportunity that awaits her. She did, however, said the new opportunity would not require her to leave Las Vegas.

"It's all good," she said.

In a letter to fellow board members announcing her resignation, Alderman heaped praise on CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, whom the board hired earlier this summer.

“… (O)ne thing I am certain of is this: With the vision this Board has established and the work of our phenomenal superintendent, Mr. Pat Skorkowsky, I know that the future of our children, and thus our community, is in excellent hands,” she wrote.

Alderman was elected to represent District D in 2010, which covers much of central Las Vegas, stretching roughly from Jones Boulevard on the west to Eastern Avenue on the east and from Sahara Drive on the north to the 215 Beltway on the south. She currently serves as the board’s vice president.

According to its policy on filling board vacancies, board members will appoint Alderman’s successor.

The policy calls for the board to advertise the vacancies for a two-week period and solicit applications from interested parties. Applicants, who must live within District D’s boundaries, are required to submit a written application to the board. The board, in a public meeting, will interview each of the qualified applicants. Members then will vote on their preference. The successful candidate must receive a majority of the trustees’ votes.

Alderman's successor will serve out a term that expires Jan. 5, 2015. The seat is up for re-election in November 2014.

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