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Lake County School Board member resigns, citing ‘political divisiveness’

Lake County School Board member Kristi Burns on Monday night announced her plan to resignation effective May 1. Image: Lake County

Lake County School Board member Kristi Burns has announced her retirement, citing a climate of “political divisiveness.”

For months, Burns, who has a doctorate in chemistry and biochemistry, was the subject of abuse and personal attacks from some members of the Lake County public over her support for mask wearing in schools.

On Monday night — during a relatively quiet School Board meeting — Burns announced that she will be stepping down on May 1.

“I have decided that the general political discourse and divisiveness,” she said, “is just too much for me to really continue in my seat at this point.”

She was first elected to the board in 2016 and re-elected in 2020.

Burns says she conferred with the supervisor of elections about her resignation date.

We both agreed that it would be best if I put this, my seat, back to the people,” she said. “And so to do that I’m going to resign effective May 1st. And therefore that will automatically trigger a general election just as if I had never run, I guess. “


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Joe Byrnes came to WMFE/WMFV from the Ocala Star-Banner and The Gainesville Sun, where he worked as a reporter and editor for several years. Joe graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans and turned to journalism after teaching. He enjoys freshwater fishing and family gatherings.