ELIDA — A day after saying he has missed multiple Elida school board meetings because of an automobile accident, Brad Settlage resigned from the board.
The board received a letter of resignation from Settlage before Tuesday’s school board meeting. Settlage was not at the meeting, but said in a letter that he was resigning because of his medical condition.
“I personally feel that with any type of position, if you cannot attend, then what good are you,” Settlage told The Lima News. “I would feel the same way if anybody else was in that predicament.”
The board has to wait at least 10 days to replace Settlage, but has to appoint someone within the next 30 days. Board President Dennis Fricke said the board will start accepting résumés immediately.
Settlage came on the board in 2012. His term expires at the end of 2015. Whoever is appointed to his seat will serve the rest of this year and then run for election in November for the remaining two years. Elida will now have four out of five seats up for election in November.
Settlage was rear-ended by a drunken driver Feb. 28 and has had surgery on his left shoulder and has undergone repeated therapy. He is expected to have another surgery on his neck in the near future.
Settlage said he has trouble sitting or standing for any length of time. He was off work as a zoning inspector for a couple of months and has not returned to the Police Department. He said Monday that he might be applying for disability.
Settlage missed Elida board meetings in March, April and May, along with missing graduation. Reader letters have appeared in The Lima News questioning his absence. He said he informed the board when he couldn’t get to the meetings.
Settlage’s time on the board has had its share of controversy. It began when he was elected in November 2011, beginning controversy involving whether a zoning inspector should be allowed to sit on a school board. He vowed to take his seat, resulting in much back and forth between Settlage and Superintendent Don Diglia and some other board members.
Settlage and board member Brian Anders have often been at odds with Superintendent Don Diglia and other board members. The two voted against taking a ballot issue to voters in May and against a reduction plan that followed a November levy defeat. The two also said Diglia needed to go following the defeat.