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Secretary of Cy-Fair ISD school board resigns

May 23, 2019 GMT

After eight years on the Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees, Christine Hartley has resigned from the board of trustees.

Hartley announced her departure during the latest CFISD board of trustees meeting held at the Berry Center on May 20. Hartley said she had been considering resigning for months before making the decision. While serving on the board, Hartley also taught preschool for Waller ISD.

“Being a teacher is a wonderful experience for any board member, but it has changed my ability to serve like I used to,” she said. “Trying to be the best mom, teacher and board member I can be has been quite a juggling act. I decided a few months ago that because of the way life has changed, I’m not going to run again in the fall.”


Hartley said her resignation will be effective on June 1. She said she would prefer to focus on her family, but will still be active as a Bridgeland High School booster mom due to her youngest daughter attending the school.

“I’ll still be around,” she said. “My pastor this weekend spoke about listening to God. He talked about when we are overcommitted, it keeps us from him. I’ve been thinking about this for a few months, and I feel that in order to best honor my work and family commitments, it’s best that I step down now.”

Board members wished Hartley luck and commended her for choosing to step down for her family. Board member Don Ryan said he values Hartley’s contributions to the board.

“Christine, I will tell you, it’s been an honor to serve with you,” he said. “I’ve always known that when you cast a vote, you’re casting the vote on what you believed and what you believed would be in the best interest of our students.”

Board member Debbie Blackshear said she understands the need to be a mother to her children. Hartley’s daughters Shana and Hayden are currently attending LSU, Hartley said.

“Although I’ve served with you a much shorter time than the rest of this board, I can so appreciate that family comes first and the juggling act that a mom and a grandmother play,” Blackshear said. “So I applaud you for your decision to put your family first. We’ll miss you.”

The board of trustees will hold an election for board members in the fall.