Pictured: Former Atherton School Board Member, Lee Clifford.
BURTON- Lee Clifford was just re-elected to the Atherton school board in 2022, but now she has resigned four months into her new term.
Clifford has been on the board since the beginning of 2015.
Clifford defeated Guy Bragg, the father-in-law to Burton Mayor Duane Haskins, by 99 votes in the 2022 election.
The Atherton Board of Education has posted the vacancy and will seek applicants to fill the open seat.
To apply, you must be a registered voter who lives in the Atherton School District.
The district is asking applicants to submit a one-page letter of application along with a resume to the Atherton Superintendent’s Office no later than 4 p.m., Thursday, May 4.
Applications should be addressed to: Sandra Talbot, Secretary Atherton Board of Education 3354 South Genesee Rd. Burton, MI 48519.
As of now, retired Michigan State Police Post Commander, FBI and Homeland Security officer, Charles T. Loader is highly considering going for the appointment.
Pictured: Atherton Schools resident, Charles T. Loader, a retired MSP post commander
Loader has lived in Burton and Atherton Schools his entire life. With the recent rise in school threats, a former top cop’s perspective on the board might just be the answer.
It was reported back in November of 2022 by WJRT-ABC12 that parents were pulling students from Atherton Schools after the amount of threats to the district.
This came after Atherton went through a series of days with classes cancelled due to violence.
This is the second resignation in two years for the Atherton Schools Board of Education.
Lee A Clifford says
Just to put this on the record, my vacating the seat has nothing to do with the issues within the school. I have decided to downsize, and the move has put me outside the district. Which has caused me to relinquish my seat.