By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (November 10, 2014) — When Doug McLemore accepted the position of minister at First Presbyterian Church of Stephenville, he knew it meant making some sacrifices.
He made a big one by resigning his spot on the Stephenville ISD Board of Trustees. On Oct. 21, McLemore addressed a letter to board president Dr. Ann Calahan and superintendent Matt Underwood asking that his resignation be accepted effective Oct. 31.
“Over the next few weeks, I will begin serving as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, in addition to continuing my work as a financial advisor,” McLemore, owner of McLemore Financial Group, stated in the letter. “After 12 years away from the pastorate, I am sure that the time has come for me to return to that calling. In order to do that and still take care of my business, as well as be a good husband and father, something is going to have to come off my plate.”
Remaining trustees accepted McLemore’s resignation with unanimous approval in a called meeting Monday. They did not discuss a plan for the vacancy on the board, but Calahan explained their options beforehand.
“We can leave it open until the election in May, or we can appoint someone to serve until then,” Calahan explained. “If we appoint someone, their term would only last until the election in May.”
McLemore was not present at the meeting, but expressed his deep affection for the district in his letter of resignation.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to spend the last 6-plus years serving the students, teachers and community of Stephenville and being a part of making our schools the best they can be,” states his letter, shown in its entireity below. “It is not an easy decision to leave the board, but I am convinced that this is the right move as our family enters this new season in our lives. I remain committed to our public school system and will continue to be a strong and verbal supporter of SISD, the board, and the leadership team.”
McLemore’s resignation was the only action item on the agenda for the called meeting, though members did stay for “Team of Eight Training” featuring preliminary goal setting and a review of strategic planning processes.
The board has its regular monthly meeting next Monday, Nov. 17.