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Stegeman relinquishing TUSD president post

Tucson Unified School District board president Mark Stegeman said Sunday night that he will pass that leadership post to another member of the district's Governing Board.

"I hope that the public will understand my decision to relinquish this role as the semester ends," he wrote in an email.

Stegeman said he would remain on the school board, but give up the post by June 30.

The TUSD board president is chosen by the other board members of the board to chair meetings.

"The position of board president typically rotates among board members, and I will work to ensure the usual smooth transition," Stegeman said. "The summer is a relatively quiet time and there should be no negative effects on the district."

Stegeman said he told the other Governing Board members and TUSD Superintendent John Pedicone on Sunday that he would be stepping down from the post.

"Reducing my administrative responsibilities will allow me to focus more time and energy on the budget and educational issues which are ultimately critical to the district’s success," he said.

"Regaining the freedom of an ordinary board member to express my views on district issues, untangled from the president’s role as the board’s spokesman, will also be welcome," Stegeman said.

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Stegeman has served two stints as the board's president. He was reelected in January, after being ousted in August because of the controversy over TUSD's ethnic studies program.

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Stegeman at a January meeting.