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Sulphur Springs board member continues service from Cleveland

Sheldon Wigdor attends meetings via teleconference, occasional flights home

Posted: September 18, 2012 5:15 p.m.
Updated: September 18, 2012 5:15 p.m.
 

A 19-year veteran of the Sulphur Springs School District board continues to serve the Canyon Country elementary district despite taking a job in Cleveland, where he’s rented a room, officials said Tuesday.

“I’m a long-term board member, and I know it’s an unfortunate situation,” said Sheldon Wigdor, who took a job in October as a consultant for Aclara, a Cleveland-based manufacturing firm that produces electronic readers for gas meters. “I wish I could be in the district 100 percent of the time, but you’ve got to make a living,” the school board member said.

Wigdor flies back to California for a Sulphur Springs board meeting every 60 days and attends the rest of the meetings electronically, said Sulphur Springs Superintendent Robert Nolet. He thus meets the requirements of the law, Nolet said Tuesday.

“He has to (attend meetings) in person every 60 days,” Nolet said. Wigdor was allowed a one-time 30-day exception, which counted a 90-day lapse in attendance.

For all other meetings, Wigdor has been in attendance through teleconference, Nolet said.

“We had our lawyer review the rules and set down the guidelines with respect to my remote participation,” Wigdor said. “We did our due diligence.”

“I do maintain my relationship with the board and I maintain my relationship with the board meetings every 60 days.”

Ultimately, the longtime board member would like to stay and work in the Los Angeles area full time, he said.

His family still resides in their Canyon Country home, and he flies back when he can afford to for meetings and family time, he said. He’s currently renting a room in the Cleveland suburb of Solon, he said.

“I’m saddened by my current situation,” Wigdor said, referring to his time away from his home and school district.

“I wish that I could find employment in Los Angeles and I could resume a very active role in volunteering in the community,” he said.

Currently, Wigdor’s position in Cleveland is contractual, but short term, so he isn’t able to move his family to Ohio, he said.

But if a full-time opportunity arises in Ohio, he will be forced to make a difficult decision, he said.

“The bottom line is that if and when it becomes appropriate and necessary, I would resign,” Wigdor said. “But at this time, I’m continuing to do what I think is right for myself and the district.”

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