Williston, ND (KEYZ) After nearly 4 decades in education, including two years as Williston School District 1 Superintendent, Michael Campbell submit’s his letter of retirement to the Board last night, where it was accepted in a 4 to nothing vote. Campbell tells News Radio, due to health issues his wife still resides in their South Dakota home and the long commutes have taken their toll.
“It’s a personal decision, after 37 years in the business I felt like this was a change I needed to do for myself and my family,” Campbell tells News Radio. Campbell asserts his leaving has nothing whatsoever to do with recent scraps with some members of the board over alleged off color comments made about some staff members and conflicts over leave.
“My wife still resides at our permanent residence in South Dakota due to a medical condition with her mother can’t move her to be with me. I have been back a couple of times since moving here, of course for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but each time the distance between us seemed to get further and further,” says Campbell.
Retirement will not dampen his drive to win next months bond referendum for about 77 million dollars in new school construction to alleviate overcrowding.
“I am still going to enjoy my time left to devote to Williston and we have some things yet to do such as the Bond referendum coming on March 20th,” says Campbell. Campbell adds that he will continue to vigorously campaign for next months’ 77 million dollar bond issue so that two new elementary schools can be built to accommodate Williston’s exploding enrollment numbers. His contract runs through June 30th.