Los Alamos School Board member David Foster tendered his resignation to President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie earlier this week.
“I put my house up for sale thinking it would take six to nine months to sell but amazingly it sold in just six weeks,” Foster said during an interview from San Diego today.
Foster explained that he had intended to complete the remainder of his four-year term, which ends in March, but felt he better take the offer made on his home. He added that everything is going well regarding the school board and he feels it’s a good time to leave. He will miss the interaction he had as a school board member, he said, and encourages anyone who has thought about serving on the school board to apply to fill the remaining seven months of his term. He said that it’s a short time frame to serve and would give someone the opportunity to get a good understanding of what the school board is all about.
Foster represented District 5, which means the person appointed to fill his term must live in that district (see map).
Until his recent retirement, Foster served as the program manager of the Education and Postdoc Office at Los Alamos National Laboratory. His team managed LANL’s student internship and postdoc programs that involve about 1,600 participants as well as the Northern New Mexico Math and Science Academy, an intensive three year K-12 teacher professional development program that has involved more than 200 northern New Mexico teachers since its founding in 2000.
Foster plans to move to San Diego, Calif., where he has a son and two grandchildren. He also has a home in Costa Rica at which he intends to spend more time.
“I’m really going to miss Los Alamos … we’ve lived here for 24 years and both of our daughters were born here and went through school here,” Foster said. “But it’s time to start a new adventure.”
David Foster’s resignation leaves a vacancy on the board in District 5. Courtesy/LAPS