Ted Thomas is announcing his resignation from the Longview School Board, after serving nearly 14 years on that panel. Thomas announced his resignation at the end of last night’s meeting; he says that “shifting professional responsibilities” and additional time pressures from work led to this decision. Thomas was first elected to the Longview School in 1997, and has served three terms as the Board’s President. He also put in eight years as the legislative representative for the Board. Thomas says that it was a passion for community and public education that drove him to go after the election, and while on the panel, he served as a citizen advocate. He says that the constant focus on student learning is what he appreciates most from the Longview School Board, and points to a number of accomplishments performed by the Board during his tenure. Under the School Board’s policy, they’ll have to formally accept the written resignation at their next regular meeting, set for April 11th. The Board can then declare the position vacant, and open up the application process. The applications will be posted on the School District website, and they hope to fill the position in May. The appointee will then have to run for election in November, if they want to serve out the remaining two years of Thomas’ current term.