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Tawresey resigns from Bainbridge Island School Board
John Tawresey has resigned from his District 3 seat on the Bainbridge Island School Board.
The resignation comes a week after Tawresey's arrest for hit-and-run and driving under the influence.
Tawresey was arrested late Wednesday, Feb. 29 by Bainbridge Island Police after he allegedly hit two other vehicles with his Ford F350 pickup truck near San Carlos Restaurant on Madison Avenue. Witnesses said he tried to leave the scene after the accident, but bystanders blocked his exit until officers arrived.
In a letter to the school board on March 1, Tawresey requested a leave of absence. Just days later, he announced he would step down.
Fighting back tears, School Board President Patty Fielding announced at Thursday's board meeting that Tawresey had submitted a letter of resignation.
She read a prepared statement.
"After requesting a leave of absence and upon further consideration — I'm not going to get emotional — John Tawresey submitted a letter of resignation ... on March 6," she said.
"As stated previously, his colleagues on the board are saddened at his departure," she added.
"In his most recent letter, John says, 'If the district were to lose one vote at levy time, or if one citizen were to derive a negative opinion toward the district, it would be one too many,'" Fielding said.
She thanked him for his service on behalf of students, staff and the community, and recalled his wise guidance during previous board meetings. Fielding called him "a solid force" for the district.
"Often the honest dialogue generated by John's views shifted direction toward a better path and better decisions on behalf of students and the district," Fielding said.
Tawresey believed balance was key to the success of the students, she said.
"Even with his absence, we will continue to ask ourselves in deliberations, 'What would John think?'" Fielding said.
District officials will announce a timeline for finding a replacement at a later date.
"We're looking to move as quickly as possible but allowing for the broadest base of candidates that we can possibly have," Fielding said.