Gretchen McCarthy Big Foot School Board

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WALWORTH — Citing family needs that include aging parents, Gretchen McCarthy has resigned after eight years as a member of the Big Foot High School Board.

The board accepted her resignation on Feb. 18 as a Fontana representative on the school board.

McCarthy said the decision is based on her personal family issues, including parents in their 80s in Iowa and in-laws in their 90s in Chicago.

She also has three children who live in three different states.

“I’m being pulled in a number of different directions,” she said.

School Board President Edward Hayden said McCarthy was an active board member who will be missed.

“Gretchen was a very dedicated board member,” Hayden said. “She frequently attended Big Foot High School events and was very active.”

The board, which has five members, is now looking for a replacement for McCarthy, who represented the village of Fontana.

According to a statement from the school district, the board is planning to decide on a replacement by its March 18 regular meeting.

All interested people who live in Fontana have until 3 p.m. March 6 to apply for the position in writing to District Administrator Doug Parker.

Applicants will be interviewed by the school board at a special meeting.

The appointee will fill out McCarthy’s current term, which expires in 2020.

Board members serve three-year terms at a salary of $1,200 a year.

McCarthy said she talked with the other board members and the district administrator before announcing her resignation.

“It was a hard decision,” she said.

McCarthy said she also talked with friends who have aging parents.

“They told me it’s time you can never get back,” she said.

She said she is a big booster of Big Foot High School and she is excited about the school’s future. She plans to continue to do volunteer work in the Big Foot area.

Of the school board, she said: “It’s one of the most important jobs you can do within your community.”

Chris Schultz has been a reporter for more than 40 years. He has been with the Lake Geneva Regional since 2010. He covers the Lake Geneva City Council and the Lake Geneva area schools.