St. Paul School Board Member Louise Seeba announced Sunday night she will not seek re-election.
In a posting on the "I Stand With SPFT" Facebook page, Seeba said that she remains committed to the city's students and its teachers, and to "public education in general." But, she said, she now looks forward to "having more time to spend at our schools' sporting events, concerts, science fairs and art exhibits."
Seeba, an assistant city attorney for St. Paul, is one of four incumbents whose seats are up for election this year. The others are Anne Carroll, Keith Hardy and Board Chairwoman Mary Doran. Doran held a campaign re-election event in early December.
The I Stand With SPFT page was created by and for supporters of the district's teachers union, the St. Paul Federation of Teachers, and has been an outlet for concerns about issues that have included classroom misbehavior.
Typically, St. Paul school board members are reliable votes in favor of district initiatives. Last summer, however, Seeba and colleague John Brodrick voted in opposition to the district's sudden switch in its technology plans to a new initiative aimed at putting iPads in the hands of all students.
"Louise's absence from the board will leave a huge hole," Al Oertwig, a former board member, said in a statement Sunday night. "She was one who listened to the concerns of parents and staff and worked to resolve issues which needed attention."
During the board's Dec. 16 meeting, Steve Marchese, a lawyer and school district parent, criticized board members for a lack of oversight in ongoing disciplinary issues at Ramsey Middle School, among other concerns. He plans to run for a board seat. Two other candidates -- Jon Schumacher and Mary Vanderwert -- also have filed campaign finance reports.
Precinct caucuses are set for Feb. 3.