Kamloops-Thompson school trustee Kathleen Karpuk has resigned her position of board chair.
The longtime board member will remain in her role as a trustee, but has taken a step back due to new work commitments.
“I have accepted a full-time position with the Ministry of Forests Wildfire Branch,” Karpuk said in a press release. “I have learned a great deal during my term as chair, but as I take on this new position, I will have less time to carry out the extra duties required by the board chair.”
Karpuk previously worked as the office manager for husband Stephen’s chiropractic clinic in Aberdeen.
On Monday, July 27, the board will choose its next chair during a special 7 p.m. meeting.
Karpuk was elected chair in November 2018 and acclaimed to the position again in November 2019.
Her predecessor, trustee Meghan Wade, opted not to seek the position again when she was re-elected in 2018 in order to spend more time with her husband, who was retiring.
Karpuk has served as a trustee since 2008 (re-elected in 2011, 2014 and 2018). She and her husband have three children enrolled in Kamloops schools. Along with being a trustee, Karpuk is an executive with the Kamloops Tsunami Swim Club and volunteers as an official at swim competitions.
The Kamloops-Thompson school district is also in the midst of a change of superintendent, with Alison Sidow announcing last month she will be retiring from the position at the end of August.