Carlyle-Burnett resigns from school board

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Citing "professional commitments," Leslie Carlyle-Burnett has resigned from the Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board.

She submitted a letter of resignation to MUSD April 3. Carlyle-Burnett, a senior planner for the Ak-Chin Indian Community, was appointed to the board in January 2012 to fill a seat vacated by Geoff Goddard. She won election to the seat that year, and her term ends in 2016.

"My years of service to the MUSD Governing Board have been rewarding and fulfilling and I appreciate that I had the opportunity to serve," she said in her letter of resignation. "My professional commitments have taken a different direction. It has truly been a privilege and honor to have served on the MUSD Governing Board."

The letter has not yet been received by the Pinal County School Superintendent's Office. Once it is received, County Superintendent Jill Broussard will put out notices and the school district will post notices for any interested applicants.

The county superintendent reviews applications and appoints someone to fill the seat until the next election, which is 2016, according to the county superintendent's office.

***ADVERTISEMENT***Carlyle-Burnett will be recognized for her contributions at the April 22 meeting of the MUSD Governing Board.

"Ms. Carlyle-Burnett was an excellent board member and she worked hard to create excellent schools for our students and to improve educational services to the entire community,” Superintendent Steve Chestnut said. "She has been a big part of our drive for excellence in student academic programs. Her leadership helped us to win the 2014 School Board of the Year from the Arizona School Board Association."