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A longtime Wauwatosa school board member has stepped down.

Mary Jo Randall, the board's vice president, resigned effective Friday, Nov. 11, school board president Michael Meier said.

The board has held a special meeting Nov. 12 to discuss its options.

Randall had been a member of the board since 2005 and had previously served as board president.

Meier declined to discuss the reason for Randall's decision; Randall could not be reached for comment.

The special meeting of the school board will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Fisher Building, 12121 W. North Ave. Present will be the board's legal counsel and the remaining board members. Meier said the discussion will center around two basic options; leaving the seat open or appointing someone to hold the seat until the April 4, 2017 election. Four seats on the board will go to the voters in the April election, including the seat being vacated by Randall.

The last time the board was faced with such a decision was in 2013 when 25-year school board member Lois Weber stepped down April 29. The board moved swiftly with a meeting three days later and appointed a successor by May 13.

There are seven members that serve on the board and Meier said a vacancy leaves them open to roadblocks in decision-making. Meier cited the possibility of tie votes and issues that require five affirmative votes to pass as potential issues they could face.

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