ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The president of Rockford's school board will not run for re-election in April. Harmon Mitchell says he's leaving the board to spend more time with his family.
"I've lived here all my life, I've given to the community, I love doing it, it does take a lot of time and I owe it to my wife Diane and my family to spend more time with them," Mitchell said.
Mitchell was appointed to the school board in the fall of 2007. He then took over as board president in April of 2011. Mitchell has seen five different superintendents over those five years and he says he's finally glad there's stability coming to the district.
As a board member, he says he's seen a lot of good things happen particularly over the last 18 months.
"It's just an exciting time, because of so many things we've done, we were able to pass the bond referendum, we were able to establish a ten-year facilities plan, we added a 7th hour," Mitchell said.
Mitchell isn't completely leaving the district, he says next month he'll start reading to fifth graders again. .