MORAGA -- Moraga School District board president Dexter Louie has resigned from his post without explanation just a day after winning re-election, the superintendent announced in an email to parents.
"(Wednesday) evening I received written notice that Dr. Louie resigned his position on the Moraga School District Governing Board for the remainder of his existing term and the entirety of his new term, effectively immediately," Moraga superintendent Bruce Burns wrote. He declined to elaborate when asked for comment Friday.
Phone calls to remaining board members Friday were not returned.
Louie, who has served on the board since 1998, did not reply to phone messages and emails this week and his resignation letter did not offer any explanation.
"This is notice that I am resigning my position as a Governing Board member, Moraga School District, for the remainder of this term, effective immediately, and for the next term," he wrote in the one-sentence letter.
Louie recused himself at the board's last special closed session meeting Wednesday, when they discussed a sex abuse lawsuit filed by former middle school student Kristen Cunnane and two other sex abuse claims against the district. He missed the previous special closed session the week before for personal reasons.
The district has been heavily criticized for the way it handled the Cunnane case, recently including a possible defense in legal papers that blamed her for
Voters on Tuesday elected the incumbent Louie and newcomer Shari Simon to fill the two open seats on the board.
The remaining trustees will review options to fill Louie's vacancy at the next board meeting Tuesday, but Burns said no action on how to replace him will be taken immediately.
One person interested in the open seat is Parker Colvin, who trailed Louie and Simon in Tuesday's election results. Colvin said he planned to contact district officials to reiterate his interest in filling the seat.
"I did work hard on my campaign and I think, as an underdog going in, showed pretty well in the results," said Colvin, who garnered 26 percent of the vote. "I would expect that the board would move to an appointment process at some point and of course I'd be very interested in receiving an appointment."
Colvin said he has some unique qualifications and received about 2,400 votes, with some still uncounted.
"Particularly given the timing that the election was just a couple of days ago, I think that should merit serious consideration," he said. "And, particularly given that I was the only other candidate."
Colvin said he was surprised by the timing of Louie's resignation, so soon after he was re-elected. He had not spoken to Louie, but understood the reason was personal.
Simon, who will be sworn in at the Dec. 11 board meeting, found out about Louie's resignation late Thursday night like other Moraga parents and did not know his reasons.
"Dexter ran a very serious race, so I don't know," she said. "No one saw this coming. He had his head in the game. He was at every forum we were in."
Staff writer Theresa Harrington contributed to this report. Contact Matthias Gafni at 925-952-5026. Follow him at Twitter.com/mgafni.