RISD School Board Member Craig Zurek not seeking re-election

HEATH – Rockwall ISD School Board Member Craig Zurek  announced today that he will not seek re-election for the Board of Trustees in the 2012 election.

Zurek has served on the Rockwall School Board since 2004.  He served as President of The Board from 2008 – 2010,  Vice President from 2006 – 2008 and again from 2010 to 2011. He also served as Chairman of the Financial and Marketing Sub-Committees.

He was a member of The Heath City Council from 1996-2000.

Following is a statement which Zurek issued regarding his decision:

“Serving the Rockwall ISD children, families and community as a Trustee of the School Board has been an incredible and fulfilling experience and a singular honor.  My decision to not run for re-election comes with mixed emotions and only after much personal debate, discussion with my wife, Julie, and considerable prayer.  Throughout my service I have been driven to do all that I could to help deliver the best possible education to our children.  I will miss serving on the Board. That said, even after my term expires, I will continue to stay involved as an active volunteer for the District.”

“I am grateful for the partnership and friendship of all of the fine people with whom I have served as a part of our Team-of-Eight and I am especially grateful for the support that I have received over the past eight years from my family and friends.”

“My three children all attended Rockwall Schools for thirteen years and, as testimony to the fine preparation they received, by the end of this summer all will be graduates of the University of Texas.  Now it is time for me to move on to other challenges and to let new ideas and new energy take over in our District.”

“I intend to endorse Brian Young, a Rockwall resident and parent of four young daughters, whose previous work with and commitment to our youth have convinced me that he will make a great School Board Trustee.”

“Thank you, from the bottom of my heart to all who made this past 8 years of service on the RISD School Board a truly fulfilling experience.”

Brad Lamberth, also a  past Board President and fellow Trustee, had this to say about Craig:

“Craig is an example of what is right in community service and leadership.  His dedication to the District and the young people of this community is exemplary.   Craig served without agenda, other than to make the RISD the best it can be.   His incredible talents and sacrificial giving will be missed.  Please join me in expressing our sincere appreciation for Craig’s unyielding and loyal service.”

“And, please consider our mutual support for and endorsement of Brian Young -someone worthy of the office of Trustee and who can ably fill the large vacancy left by Craig.”

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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