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Tahoe Truckee school district trustee Bill Kraus resigns

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Jason Shueh/Sierra SunThis wall poster inside TTUSD's admin building in Truckee shows an already missing Bill Kraus.

UPDATE: 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 12

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Tahoe Truckee Unified School District trustee Bill Kraus has resigned, the school district announced Friday.

The information initially was announced in the district’s agenda for next week’s board workshop, and confirmed about an hour later in a TTUSD press release.

In his resignation, Kraus said he will be unable to fulfill the residency requirement after that date, according to the press release.

and#8220;Bill has been a dedicated public servant who has generously and selflessly given his time and energy to this district, whether it be as a trustee, a volunteer on the Measure A and Education Matters campaigns, or even as Santa Claus for local children,and#8221; said Board of Trustees President Kristy Olk. and#8220;He has never refrained from making difficult decisions despite great personal cost, and has always placed the interest of the community’s children above his own.and#8221;

According to the release, and#8220;during Kraus’ period of service, the board increased teacher salaries by over 28 percent, while maintaining a fiscally responsible and balanced budget, despite challenging economic times.and#8221;

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and#8220;We have made significant inroads in closing the achievement gap in order to ensure that our English Learner population has the same chances of success as other children,and#8221; Olk said in the release.

TTUSD Superintendent Steve Jennings also praised Kraus.

and#8220;Bill Kraus has worked tirelessly on behalf of the students of TTUSD during the two years I have had the opportunity to interact with him,and#8221; Jennings said. and#8220;He has always been passionate about making decisions that would improve the quality of education provided by our district.and#8221;

Education code requires that within 60 days, the board must either order an election or make a provisional appointment. It will discuss what’s next at its meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, in Kings Beach.

According to a February Sierra Sun story, in response to questions in the Sun’s online reader community about his involvement with the district and being absent at some meetings, Kraus said he was in Washington doing consulting work.

He explained he was in his legal right to travel for work, and at the time was still a Truckee resident and was involved in everything happening with the district.

In another February story, Kraus said he would not run for re-election, as his is among two seats open for 2010.

A big reason for Kraus’ decision not to run, he said, was his estimation of the impact he’d have. After the controversy of last year’s recall and#8212; in which he, Bev Ducey and Olk were challenged and#8212; and the district’s lakeside reconfiguration, Kraus said he is concerned people have lost focus on the real issues.