Harvin Moore, a longtime member and former board president of the Houston ISD school board, has suddenly resigned, saying he wanted to leave now "to trigger a high turnout election in November rather than wait for my term end next year."
Contacted in Jerusalem, where he is staying with his family, Moore said, "After serving for 13 years, I've decided to resign to spend more time on my business and family. I'm proud of the significant improvement in teaching and quality of principals and district leadership HISD has achieved over those years, and also the huge increase in the number and quality of magnet and neighborhood schools, including some of the most innovative and successful in the nation."
Moore's withdrawal comes at a busy time for HISD. It comes a day after Chief Auditor Richard Patton returned to his duties after being ordered to stay home while he was investigated and within days of the district trustees naming Richard Carranza their sole finalist for new superintendent. School resumes in a little over two weeks.
Moore said he will continue to serve and attend meetings until he is replaced in November. He serves as senior vice president for finance and operations at Sentinel Satellite, Inc., a Houston aerospace company.
His service on the board this year, as with most of the members, has been marked by more public infighting than is usual for HISD's trustees. He has been a strong supporter of magnet schools and foreign language programs. His district encompasses the Memorial, River Oaks and Briargrove area.
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In a text message to the Houston Press, he also wrote, "There are good prospects for my replacement."