Greenville County School Board member Dana Rohleder has announced she will resign from her seat effective Aug. 8.
Rohleder, a former teacher who has represented Area 21 on the board for 14 years, said in a letter submitted to board chairman Chuck Saylors that she and her husband “have decided to downsize our house sooner than we originally planned.” Rohleder plans to stay in Greenville County, but will move outside District 21. A state law says that any Greenville County School Board member who moves outside their district immediately renders the seat vacant.
Rohleder said in the letter that while her move is not yet finalized, she wanted to avoid having to hold a separate special election. By resigning Aug. 8, the two years remaining on her term can be filled during the general election in November.
“It has been my distinct honor to serve with 11 other adults who put the educational needs of children above their self-interests,” Rohleder said in the letter.
She praised Greenville County Schools Superintendent Burke Royster, saying, “We hit the jackpot of superintendents, for sure.”
Rohleder’s experience as a lifelong educator and her passion for the arts and commitment to equitable opportunities for all children made her a valued member of the board, Saylors said in a release.
“Though her absence will leave a void, I have no doubt that Danna will continue to advocate on behalf of public education and use her talents to improve the lives of our community’s children and families,” he said.
Royster said, “Though she always retained the perspective of a classroom teacher, she remained firmly focused on what was best for students. She also recognized and valued the primacy of academic excellence, but strongly supported all extra- and co-curriculuar activities as essential to the core program and necessary to fully developing the potential of each individual student.”
Filing for the District 21 seat, which covers the part of the county east of Greenville, will open Aug. 24 at noon and close at noon on Sept. 3. Voting will occur during November’s general election.