Marysville Exempted Village School District board member Tom Brower won't seek re-election in November.

Marysville Exempted Village School District board member Tom Brower won't seek re-election in November.

Brower, completing his first four-year term on the school board, told ThisWeek he made the decision "regrettably," and that increased responsibility at work is the "main reason."

"My job requires me to be out of town quite a bit," he explained, "and I feel you need to be in the district to be an effective board member. It was right after I came on the board that I was given the additional job responsibility, and it's not changing."

Three seats on the board are coming open at the end of 2009, meaning that the board will have at least one new member starting in 2010.

Incumbents Jeff Mabee and Scott Johnson, currently board president and vice president respectively, plan to seek re-election this fall. Both are nearing the end of their first four-year term on the board.

Neither has filed paperwork with the board of elections, but both plan to do so by the Aug. 20 deadline, they said.

"This has been a rather difficult year for the school and I really had to ask myself if I was up to more of this, but more importantly, was I making a positive difference for the district," Johnson told ThisWeek. "I did reach out to several parents and community members and they helped me make up my mind."

"I have been fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to work for our community to ensure that our kids continue to get a high quality education while being a good steward of our taxpayer dollars," Mabee said. "As I look at the road ahead to the next four years and see some of the challenges that we will face, I believe I can still offer a great deal of leadership and guidance to continue to make Marysville a great school district."

At press time, Johnson's and Mabee's names were the only ones listed on the list at the elections board. However, deputy director Karla Herron said signing the list is voluntary.

"The past four years have been extremely challenging due to the financial constraints that Marysville has faced along with many other districts," Brower told ThisWeek. "We have been fortunate to have the support of the community through active participation in their students' education and extracurricular activities as well as the passage of the recent levies. With economic challenges facing everyone, I am hopeful that the combination of business and community support will continue to be strong in the years to come."