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Marysville Special Education PTSA reshuffles officers after resignation

MARYSVILLE — Barely two months after the Marysville Special Education PTSA had seemed to settle on its officers for the 2013-14 school year, the resignation of Alicia Champine forced the group to perform a slight reorganization of its leadership positions.

"[Champine] admitted that it was a difficult decision to resign, but due to the growing needs of her family, and starting up a business as a jewelry consultant, she decided that she would not be able to serve effectively as president," said Jessie Atkins, the fundraising and programs chair for the Marysville Special Education PTSA. "She remains eager to participate as a member of our PTSA, and will continue to partner with us in advocating for students with special needs."

Amy Sheldon has since been nominated and voted in as president of the Marysville Special Education PTSA. Sheldon and Angi Wilson had previously served as co-presidents of the group, before stepping down to join existing co-vice presidents Jim Strickland and Preston Dwoskin as their new co-vice presidents in September, after Sheldon explained that she and Wilson had found themselves saddled with too many obligations for them to commit as much to MSEPTSA.

"With changes to the expectations of the presidential role for MSEPTSA, and stronger support from her fellow Board members, [Sheldon] was able to step back in and fulfill that open position," Atkins said.

Wilson will continue to serve as one of the Marysville Special Education PTSA's three remaining co-vice presidents, alongside Strickland and Dwoskin, the latter of whom will join existing Legislative Chair Barbara O'Kelly as her new co-chair. Of the group's remaining officers, Kari Schneider serves as treasurer, Jessica Cantrell serves as secretary and Tammie Grande serves as membership chair.

"Serving as an MSEPTSA Board member is a volunteer position," Atkins said. "Each year, as the Board grows and changes, so do the expectations of those roles. In spite of a rough start, we're certain that we've finally established a Board that's going to help this year be a great one. We have many ideas and projects in the works, and our Board is rich in diversity, ideas and endless possibilities."

The community will get to see that Board in action during MSEPTSA's upcoming general meetings, which have been tentatively set to continue on the second Tuesday of each odd-numbered month — January, March and May — from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Kellogg Marsh Elementary library.

"We'd love to see as many people as possible show up," Dwoskin said. "If you want to become a member of the Marysville Special Education PTSA, your membership fee is due on your first meeting. Non-members cannot vote, but non-members are still allowed to attend our public meetings."

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