Clark County School Board replacement expected in December

South-central Las Vegas won’t be represented on the Clark County School Board until at least Dec. 5 because of the abrupt resignation of Lorraine Alderman, who gave six days’ notice and a vague explanation for her sudden departure.

“As you know, I am a woman of faith, and God has opened a new door of opportunity for me that I simply cannot let pass,” Alderman wrote in her resignation letter to the six other trustees and didn’t offer any more details in interviews.

On Thursday, after Alderman’s resignation went into effect on Wednesday, the School Board began its search for a replacement.

School Board President Carolyn Edwards said the Clark County School District will post the opening in the Las Vegas Review-Journal over the next two Sundays. The School Board then will interview candidates in a public meeting at 1 p.m. on Dec. 5.

Edwards suggested swearing in the replacement immediately upon appointment, to which fellow board members agreed.

In the meantime, the School Board will be without a vice president, a position formerly filled by Alderman. Board members could have chosen a vice president Thursday but decided not to because two members, Patrice Tew and Erin Cranor, were absent. It will choose a vice president at the next regular School Board meeting on Nov. 14.

The School Board has become accustomed to finding replacements.

In April 2012, District E board member John Cole stepped down to move to Denver for work, vacating the seat about eight months before the end of his term. Cole was an appointee himself, selected by the School Board in January 2011 to finish the four-year term of Terri Janison, who had resigned to become the head of the Southern Nevada office for Gov. Brian Sandoval. The School Board appointed Rene Cantu to replace Cole, meaning three people cycled through that seat in one term.

Contact reporter Trevon Milliard at tmilliard@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0279.