Fort Worth Independent School District Board of Education President Raymond G. Dickerson announced his resignation, effective Dec. 8, citing health concerns.
In a letter to Secretary Dr. T.A. Sims, Dickerson had the following to say:
“While I am grateful to all who have offered their support and encouragement, I have concluded that it is imperative that I resign after consultation with my family, medical team, close friends and advisors."
Sims then responded with his own message.
"I am in receipt of your letter of resignation ... My prayers are with you and your family as your health and wellbeing is of great concern to me. I appreciate the time we have spent serving our children and community. Do not hesitate to let me know if there is anything I can do in your behalf."
The board must now select someone to serve as president within 180 days. Under board policy, they have several options in making their decision.
They may select a current board member or any other qualified person as long as that person has been a Texas resident for the past year and a resident of the district for six months. The board may also choose to hold a special election to fill the vacancy. Vice President Juan Rangel will assume presidential duties until a candidate is selected.
The board's next meeting is Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m., although there is no word whether or not they will make a decision at that meeting.