Sparta School Board member Eric Solberg, targeted for recall over mask mandate, resigns
SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) — One of two Sparta School Board members whom parents targeted for recall over the Sparta Area School District’s mandatory mask policy resigned Thursday.
Eric Solberg, against whom parents were gathering signatures for a recall, along with Nancy Sikorski, submitted his resignation letter that says, in part, “I do not want to minimize the responsibilities of being a board member, but my primary responsibility is to my family, my health and then my business.”
Solberg, whose letter also said, “It has been a pleasure to work with everyone,” said he had discussed the matter with the board president and superintendent Amy Van Deuren.
Van Deuren issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying, “On behalf of myself and the Sparta Area School District, I extend the utmost gratitude to Mr. Solberg for his service on the Board of Education, and wish him all the best in his current and future endeavors.”
Solberg was elected to the board in April 2020.
Intimations of a recall first arose after the board voted 4-2 on Sept. 9, with Solberg, Sikorski and two other board members in the majority, to reinstate a mask mandate, prompting many in the audience to holler, “Recall, recall, recall.”
Parents rallied Wednesday to gather signatures.
A parent who spoke at the rally said, “What the school board is doing [is] not listening to the parents, but rather listening to the Monroe County Health Department that isn’t elected to make decisions for the school-related matters and we just want to have the power put back to the school board … they’ll make policies of what the parents are asking.”
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