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Broward School Board Member Katie Leach Resigns, Says Family is Moving to California

Broward School Board member Katie Leach announced her resignation from District 3 via an email on Wednesday morning, reports the Miami Herald.

In the email, Leach cited family reasons for her departure. She says her last day with the school board will be on December 21.

She says that she and her family are moving to California.

Leach is a moderate Republican who supported gay rights (she famously posted a pro gay marriage symbol on her Facebook page). She was appointed to the board in 2011 by Gov. Rick Scott, and entered the job when Broward schools were criticized in a grand jury report.

Leach also became a big supporter of superintendent Robert Runcie after the school board hired him.

During her tenure, Leach earned a strong support base that helped her win the 2012 election, even though she was faced with two challengers.

She says that she leaves her eastern Broward district in good shape, including reducing class sizes, and getting funding.

"It is with a heavy heart that I submit my resignation," she writes in her resignation email.

"The past few years have been challenging and exhilarating," Leach wrote. "I will always cherish this experience."

Leach had notified Scott before sending her email, giving him time to find a replacement.

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