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County Board of Education president suddenly resigns, leaves board

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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A former top county official has made another quick exit – this time from his elected position with the Placer County school board. Rich Colwell has resigned from the Placer County Board of Education mid-term and less than four months into his year-long presidency. Colwell’s departure comes just more than four months after he abruptly retired from the No. 2 administrative post with Placer County. His departure from the district board was announced Wednesday by county schools Superintendent Gayle Garbolino-Mojica. She said that during his tenure, he focused on supporting and increasing funding for career technical education and special education programs. A Penryn resident, Colwell was in his third year of a four-year term representing the Granite Bay, Penryn, Loomis and Newcastle communities on the elected board. Colwell, 53, had served 25 years on the Board of Education. He left the board officially on Monday. Colwell had resigned from his $243,000-a-year job with the county on Nov. 30, submitting his written notice and leaving the same day. No reason was given in the announcement for Colwell’s mid-term resignation, which leaves the district looking for a new board member to fill his seat. Colwell couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday. “I commend Mr. Colwell on his years of service to the children of Placer County,” Garbolino-Mojica said. “It has been a pleasure to work with Rich, and I have appreciated his support and experience during my first term.” Board of Education Vice President Tami Brodnik will assume Colwell’s duties as board president.