WARRENTON — Mike Atwood, a state Department of Transportation employee elected in May to the Warrenton-Hammond School Board, has resigned.
The time commitment to the school board and all his other volunteer activities became overwhelming, along with the way a school board works, Atwood said.
“I just didn’t want to get in trouble, because I usually speak out,” he said.
Atwood, a Warrenton native, ran unopposed for Position 3 on the school board after Kelly Simonsen did not file for re-election.
“I was asked to,” he said. “I’m usually involved in my kids and their sports.”
Atwood is a transportation maintenance specialist with the state and a union steward, a position he said has to be on-call. He also volunteers with Warrenton’s youth football and baseball programs.
Debbie Morrow, chairwoman of the school board, said the process of appointing a replacement for Atwood will begin in February or March because of the district being closed for two weeks around Christmas.
“Plus, we are in the thick of a facilities study, so we thought we would wait until after that process instead of thrusting a person into the middle of that,” Morrow said.