The search began last week to fill a vacancy on the board for the Tucson Unified School District. Mark Stegeman announced his resignation. Voters first elected him in 2008 and he won re-election twice. With 15 months left in his current term, Stegeman joined Lorraine Rivera in studio to explain why this was the time to step down.
“It's partly my family obligations, which have increased a lot,” Stegeman said. “Although I think we’ve made a lot of progress, I think it’s hard to see where we’re going to get to where I envisioned the district. Which is really to be the best district in the country. I’ve always felt that was possible, that we have the assets, and that’s still possible. But the road looks very challenging.”
“The community needs to make a decision ... does it want TUSD to be a strong, really much improved district? And if the community wants that, it’s going to have to elect a strong board with a common vision that gets a superintendent that shares that vision and is willing to break some china,” Stegeman said. “There is not the will in the current management structure.”