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Tooley Withdraws Name for Consideration on Board

HERALD Staff

Paul Tooley, a former 16-year member of the Truth or Consequences Board of Education, has withdrawn his name for consideration to be appointed to the board following the resignation of Randy Piper.

Tooley told The Herald on Monday, May 7, that he submitted a letter of interest to the Superintendent’s Office, but after consulting with his family, he said Wednesday that he is withdrawing his name for “personal reasons.”

Piper, who has accepted the superintendent’s position at Lordsburg, unseated Tooley in the February 2011 school board election.

The board is tasked with appointing someone to fill the vacant seat within 45 days of Piper’s resignation date. After that, it will be up to secretary of the state Public Education Department to fill the seat.

The deadline to submit a letter of interest to the superintendent’s office was at 12 p.m., Monday, May 14.

It was not immediately known how many individuals had submitted a letter of interest; Superintendent Tom Burris did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

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