Though he’d not yet officially been sworn in, Community High School District 218 6th District incumbent Ron Pratl has resigned from the school board.
In a written statement issued Wednesday, Pratl said that “due to unforeseen personal and medical circumstances, I am unable to continue my services to the district.”
Also on Wednesday, candidate Linda Flanagan Vahl, who ran against Pratl in the April election, voluntarily dropped her election challenge — which would include a vote recount in all of the 6th District’s 14 precincts — citing the legal cost of continuing the case. It was not clear whether Flanagan Vahl was aware of Pratl’s decision to step down.
According to official election results, Pratl was certified as the election winner by a slim 21-vote margin.
Despite winning re-election, Pratl had not yet been sworn in to serve a new term on the school board.
Because a judge did not overturn the outcome, Flanagan Vahl does not officially have claim to the seat, according to District 218 attorney Burt Odelson.
As a result of the vacancy, District 218 is seeking applications for a school board member within the 6th District through July 1. Flanagan Vahl hopes that District 218’s board will consider her.