Patricia Timm of Beatrice has resigned from the Nebraska State Board of Education citing “personal health reasons.”
Timm, 74, is a former kindergarten teacher and K-12 art teacher. She had served on the board since 2004 and previously spent 16 years on the Beatrice school board.
The resignation creates a vacancy in District 5. Under state law, Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts would appoint a replacement.
State law says that person would be chosen “from among qualified persons” residing in the district.
The appointee would serve for the remainder of her unexpired term and until a successor is elected.
Timm was last elected in 2018 and would have been up for re-election next year.
District 5 covers 16 counties in southeast and eastern Nebraska and a northwestern portion of Lancaster County.
When the state education board last met Sept. 3, Timm was absent. At that meeting, the board voted to indefinitely postpone controversial proposed health education standards.
Timm was originally appointed to the state education board by former Gov. Mike Johanns.
In the last election, she defeated conservative challenger Maris Bentley.