Martin out for 6 weeks
Pasco School Board member Cathi Martin hasn't had an easy year. She missed more than half the board meetings between her 2006 reelection and early spring, prompting some residents to call for her resignation or removal.
Martin started making it to meetings regularly again late in the spring. But lately, she's been a no-show, and now she has a doctor's excuse that will keep her out of the board room until early 2008.
It seems Martin came down with pre-pneumonia while attending her son's wedding in Las Vegas. She also reinjured her knee, which she had replaced about a year earlier. And while walking through her house about a week ago, she fell and broke her ankle in two places.
So she's on six weeks doctor-ordered of bed rest.
Despite her condition, Martin tells the Gradebook she wants to remain a vital part of the board. She has asked her colleagues and the district administration to work out a way for her to attend meetings remotely.
"I think that would be kind of cool," she says. "I can't miss any more meetings."