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Mon September 17, 2012
FUSD's Vang Resigns From Board of Trustees
Dr. Tony Vang announced his resignation today from his seat on the Fresno Unified School District Board of Trustees. The resignation, which Vang termed a "retirement" is effective today.
Vang cited family and workload related issues with his job at Fresno State for prompting his resignation.
Since May, Vang has been at the center of a scandal involving his legal status as a school board member, after the Fresno Bee uncovered documents showing Vang has claimed legal residency at a home he owns in the Clovis Unified School District. Fresno Unified school board members are required to live in the district they represent. Vang claimed that the home he owns on Goshen Avenue in Clovis was that of his mother.
In June, Vang announced that he would step aside as board president, insisted he would not resign his seat. In August, a coalition calling itself Members of the Community United For Education Justice announced the start of a drive to recall Vang from the board.
Vang's term was set to expire in 2014. He has served on the school board since 2002.
The district announced that it will work to fill Vang's seat in the coming weeks.
Full text of the statement released today by Dr. Tony Vang:
Today, I officially announce my decision to retire as a member of the Fresno Unified School District Board of Education, effective September 17, 2012.
This decision was not an easy one. I have dedicated 10 tireless and productive years in service to our community as a Board member. While there is still a lot of hard work to do, our district has made steady gains each year for the past 10 years as measured by the state Academic Performance Index. I am confident that district staff, our teachers, and our students and their families will continue to meet the challenges ahead.
As for me, my growing responsibilities as a faculty member at California State University Fresno and the increasing needs of my family require ever more of my time. Resigning from my position at this time works best for my family and me and provides the District ample time to fill the vacancy.
I have thoroughly enjoyed working with my colleagues on the Board, and serving the parents, students and faculty of Trustee Area 4. There are vast challenges ahead, but I am confident that Fresno Unified and its Board will meet those challenges head-on to ensure that every student has the opportunity to become academically successful and grow to be leaders in their schools and communities.
I am proud of what we have accomplished during my tenure and will cherish all the friendships that have resulted from our hard work together. I look forward to what lies ahead and wish everyone within Fresno Unified the best.