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Hampton leaning toward leaving panel

'Turmoil' has taken toll on board chair, who's not yet made a decision
by: File photo Former board member Dawn Pratt (right) swore current board chair Alisa Hampton into office in 2009.

Alisa Hampton, chair of the Forest Grove School Board, might not run for reelection when her term comes to an end in June 2013.

Near the end of a back-and-forth debate over the selection of a second new appointee to the board Monday night, Hampton said she planned to step down.

'Since going through this experience, I'm not going to run for the school board,' she said. 'Surprise, surprise.'

But on Tuesday, Hampton, who joined the board in 2009, said she had not made a final decision.

'Unless something changes significantly, I will not likely run for another four-year term,' she said. 'That's where I'm leaning right now.'

Hampton has worked to bring equilibrium to the three-person board since its numbers were trimmed in November's recall election. She said 'turmoil' on the board had 'taken its toll' on her personally and professionally and cited 'the contentious environment and lack of trust within the board, the district and the community' as reasons for a possible exit.

But Hampton added that once she relinquishes her role as chair in July, she 'might have a different perspective.'




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