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Fairbanks school board to address board member's ambivalent resignation

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Posted: Friday, August 12, 2011 12:24 am | Updated: 1:19 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — The Fairbanks North Star Borough school board has called a special meeting for Monday to determine whether board member Silver Chord has resigned.

Chord announced his resignation at the Aug. 2 regular meeting during board member comments. He said he was not in “lockstep” with other board members and that he believed the district needed more transparency and accountability.

“Much to the relief of the board, this is my last board meeting,” he said at the time.

Chord did not submit a resignation letter in the days following the meeting, so no seat vacancy was announced. He was elected to a three-year term on the board in 2009, running unopposed for Seat A.

The announcement of Monday’s special meeting came after Chord decided to reconsider his resignation.

Chord said he sent an email to school board President Kristina Brophy asking that his “senior moment” be forgiven. He wrote that he changed his mind about stepping down from his seat.

“I rescind my aforementioned statement,” he said, reading from the email. “I will be at the next work session.”

Chord, a 30-year resident of Fairbanks, said Monday’s meeting is an effort to remove him.

“That’s what this meeting is all about,” he said Thursday. “They really want me out of there is my feeling.”

Other school board members did not return phone calls Thursday seeking comment.

The special meeting will take place at 5 p.m. Monday at the school district administrative center downtown. If it is determined that Chord resigned, the school board will decide whether to accept the resignation.

Contact staff writer Reba Lean at 459-7523.

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