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Rykken Resigns From School Board

The two-term board member cited family and personal reasons for her decision.

Pam Rykken, the St. Louis Park School Board vice chair, has announced her resignation from the school board, effective immediately due to personal and family commitments.

“Serving as a member of the St. Louis Park School Board has been an honor and privilege,” said Rykken in a press release. “It is with mixed emotions that I announce my resignation, for personal and family commitment reasons. I will remain forever grateful for the opportunity to serve as a school board member. It has been one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of my life.”

Rykken first joined the school board in January of 2008, and was that began in January of 2012. The board will meet in September to discuss how to fill the remainder of Rykken’s term, which expires in December of 2015. Until the seat is filled, all board business will be managed as usual by the six-member school board.

“Pam was a tireless advocate for St. Louis Park children through Children First and other avenues,” said board chair Jim Yarosh in the release. “We were fortunate to have her serve our community for more than four years. Following Pam’s example, we will continue to work toward achieving success, one student at a time.”

Here is how the board looks following Rykken's resignation:

Name First year on board Jim Yarosh 2002 2004 Larry Shapiro 2006 Bruce Richardson 2002 2004 2012
Mary August 22, 2012 at 06:44 PM
This is terrible news for Aquila. She was the only one that fought for Aquila.
John and Jenny Donovan September 18, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Karma is calling! This just might not be such a bad thing as she was one of the most behind the scenes petty politicians to come along in the city in a long time. She has a long, long history of petty personal attacks against other school board, city council, state house -- you name it -- candidates...maybe her conscience finally caught up with her...petty personal attacks have no place anywhere in politics and maybe things just got cleaned up a bit with her leaving the scene...
Jack Donovan September 28, 2012 at 03:15 AM
This is still the best news I have heard in a long, long time! Pam -- maybe some reflection on those you have bad mouthed and put down over the years is in order...your type of behaviour has no place in OUR PARK!
Jack Donovan October 15, 2012 at 08:08 PM
So insiders on the school board are saying the fix is in -- our Pammy get her self re;lected so the board could hand pick someone else WITHOUT an election...what marvelous timing...good riddance Pam...we're better off without u

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