Erin Adams Announces Resignation From Minnetonka School Board

The Board invites community members and employees to a public reception on Thursday, April 26 from 4–5:30 p.m.

Erin Adams, a Deephaven resident who has served on the Minnetonka School Board for 12 years, is leaving the board.

The Board invites community members and employees to a public reception on Thursday, April 26 from 4–5:30 p.m. in the board room of the to say farewell and thank Adams for her service. (There will be a short program at approximately 4:45 p.m.)

Adams and her family moved on April 19, on which date she was no longer a resident of the school district due to the sale of her home. The April 12 School Board meeting was her last.

“It has been one of the great honors of my life to serve the students, staff and greater community as a member of this school board since July of 2000," her resignation letter stated. "I have learned so much and have seen dramatic improvement in our schools."

Adams is the last of the School Board members responsible for hiring Superintendent Dennis Peterson to retire. He has appreciated her commitment to child-centered excellence.

“Erin has been an outstanding board member, who always placed students foremost in her decisions," Peterson said. "Her service and wisdom enabled her to be of great help to the entire board in many of their deliberations. She will be missed by the Board members, administrators, teachers and parents who admired her knowledge, compassion and commitment to excellence.”

Adams was appointed to the Board in 2000 and elected to the Board in 2001, 2005 and 2009. She served as Chair of the Board in 2005 and 2006, in addition to serving as Clerk and Vice Chair during her tenure.

Leslie Gaffney April 24, 2012 at 01:01 PM
I strongly believe that the Board should appoint Jim Patterson to fill the vacancy left by Adams. In the 2009 School Board election, I served as Jim Patterson’s campaign manager. Jim ran a positive campaign, and narrowly lost the election to Erin. (Jim got 1,634 votes to Erin’s 1,826 votes). Jim remains interested in serving our community in this way. Here’s why: • Jim and his family have lived in the district for 12 years. He has children in grades 3, 5, and 12, plus a Minnetonka graduate. Therefore, Jim understands the strong tradition and full scope of the District, and remains committed to serving the needs of all children, long-term. • As the district operates in a challenging economic climate, Jim is adept at addressing complex financial issues. He is a partner at Sherman & Patterson, a law firm focusing in the areas of tax, nonqualified deferred compensation and employee benefits, and other areas of corporate law. • Jim is a longstanding community volunteer. His combination of civic and professional leadership would bring a fresh perspective to the Board. Jim has already been fully vetted by the community. It seems fair and right to choose someone who has been widely endorsed vs. anyone else. Please join me in contacting the Minnetonka School Board in support of Jim’s appointment. http://www.minnetonka.k12.mn.us/administration/Board/Pages/default.aspx
Gavin Bailey April 25, 2012 at 12:02 AM
So, by that logic, John McCain should be President if Obama were to step down. Not a big fan of "appointing" him. Let's see a vote!
Leslie Gaffney April 25, 2012 at 12:30 PM
I agree Gavin -- an election always makes the most sense. Unfortunately, this has been the process the board has used numerous times to appoint a person of their choosing. I just feel somebody who narrowly lost an election to a member stepping down, and was endorsed 1,634 voters in the District, is a better choice than someone endorsed by 7 members of the Board alone.
Gavin Bailey April 25, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Yes, but you're misleading people. Patterson actually ran in 2009 and there has been another election since then where he didn't even run. From what I can tell last election results were: "Four out of the eight candidates won spots on the board. The other four candidates and their vote counts are as follows: Derek Eitreim (1,776 votes), Laurie Stoltenberg (1,547 votes), Kevin B. Maire (1,432 votes) and Joe Torelli (1,353 votes). So, by your logic, shouldn't Eitriem be appointed since he was next-runner-up in most recent election? Why would we appoint someone who didn't even bother to run in the last election?
Leslie Gaffney April 26, 2012 at 02:53 AM
I hope I am not misleading anyone. I clearly state that Jim ran in 2009 --- he is my choice as the right person to replace Adams due to the circumstances of our election and the other reasons I stated. Due to personal circumstances Jim was not able to run last fall. If Derek is interested in throwing his name in the hat I am all for it. I agree --- why would the Board appoint someone who didn't even bother to run in an election? Great question...


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