Null won’t seek new term on BOE

Salem City Board of Education President Andrew Null said Tuesday he won’t be seeking re-election for another term this fall, choosing instead to step back for a bit.

“I’d like to thank the voters for trusting me,” he said regarding the past four years.

Null said it was a tough decision and stressed that he has enjoyed his time on the board working with a great team of school staff members, administrators and fellow board members.

“It’s been a great experience,” he said.

When asked why he wasn’t seeking a second four-year term, he said he just wanted to step back and see what other opportunities are available. He said there’s some time involved and life gets hectic sometimes.

An engineer at Butech Bliss, Null and his wife Angie have five children, with one in college and four in the Salem school system. He also does some coaching.

His first term on the board expires on Dec. 31 and he thought he should make his announcement now to give others time to file for the open seat. School board seats are nonpartisan, with the filing deadline for the Nov. 5 election falling on Aug. 7 and two seats up this year.

Fellow board member Howard Rohleder, who had been appointed to fill the unexpired term of former board member Jeff Cushman, already announced he’s running for his first full term. His current term also expires Dec. 31.

Besides being president of the school board this year, Null serves on the board’s Building & Grounds Committee and the Community Relations Committee.