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Austin steps down from Roswell school board


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Roswell school board President Nicole R. Austin resigned Friday morning, citing a need to balance the priorities of her life.

Austin was elected to the Board of Education District 2 seat in February 2017 after being appointed in January 2016 by the Roswell Independent School District. She was chosen to represent the northwest district following interviews to fill the unexpired term of James Waldrip, who resigned in December 2015 after 13 years due to health concerns.

Austin became president of the board after the 2017 elections.

“The three priorities in my life are my faith, my family and my career,” Austin announced in statement released by the school district. “I have found that I cannot give the time and effort needed to be an effective board member and remain dedicated to my priorities.  Because of this, I must step aside.”

Austin is an executive vice president with Pioneer Bank in Roswell, but she once worked as a teacher and coach. She earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in educational administration.

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“It was an honor to be appointed to the board, and to be retained in the last election,” Austin’s statement read. “I’m so thankful for all of the support I was given through this last 18 months. This district is going in a great direction, and I know that the current board, superintendent and whoever they choose to replace me will continue in that direction…moving forward.

“I would also like to apologize for not being able to give what was needed to best serve the district. If I have caused any damage or hurt through my work on the board or by leaving the board, I am truly sorry. Thank you for your understanding.”

The Roswell Independent School District indicated that a comment about Austin’s resignation was likely to be released later Friday.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.