published Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Evelyn Rockholt to leave Cleveland, Tenn., school board

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Evelyn Rockholt is leaving the Cleveland Board of Education in August, she announced Monday.

Rockholt was elected to the board from the city’s 1st District in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. Her term expires in 2012.

Her husband, Chuck Rockholt, former Cleveland High School principal, recently retired from the city school system.

They are moving to Florida to be nearer family and answer “the call of the grandchildren,” she said.

She said highlights of her service have included serving while the Cleveland High science wing was planned and built and the selection of Dr. Martin Ringstaff as the city schools director.

Board Chairwoman Peggy Pesterfield said she accepted the resignation with sadness “but I understand about the grandkids.”

The resignation is effective Aug. 3, the day after the public dedication of the science wing.

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