Broward School Board member Katie Leach has unexpectedly resigned from office — a decision she officially announced through a Wednesday morning e-mail.
“It is with a heavy heart that I submit my resignation ...effective December 21, 2013,” Leach wrote. Leach said that her family is relocating to another city and “I need to focus my full attention toward them.”
Leach could not be reached early Wednesday for additional comment.
Leach was appointed to the School Board in 2011, at a time when the school system was still reeling from a critical grand jury report, and was in the middle of a search for a new superintendent. The board eventually hired Robert Runcie for that job, and Leach became one of Runcie’s strongest supporters.
A moderate Republican who is supportive of gay-rights causes, Leach had a solid base of support in her eastern Broward district. Faced with two challengers during the 2012 elections, Leach was the only sitting School Board member to win outright during the primary race, without needing to head to a runoff.
In her resignation e-mail, Leach said the district has accomplished a lot during the past couple of years, such as renewing Runcie’s contract, reducing Broward’s class sizes, and targeting additional funds specifically for classroom instruction.
“The past few years have been challenging and exhilarating,” Leach wrote. “I will always cherish this experience.”