In his resignation speech to the Canon-McMillan School Board Monday, solicitor Mike Lucas called the district a “jewel” in Washington County—an educational establishment of which the entire community should be proud.
“I want to thank you,” he told school directors. “It has been a true pleasure to be your solicitor these last four years.”
Lucas’ tenure as legal counsel for the district will extend through the board’s Dec. 3 reorganization meeting.
He then lauded the law firm that is on the agenda for appointment at next Monday’s board meeting—calling the attorneys there “aces.”
When Lucas was done speaking, the board thanked and applauded him.
The board is expected to appoint Peacock Keller as its new legal counsel next week to replace Lucas and the firm for which he works, Bassi, Vreeland and Associates.
Reached after the meeting, Lucas said his firm has gone through “some changes,” and that he personally has “a different pursuit” to explore within the next year.
And he added that those changes and new pursuit would not allow the time and effort "the district deserves."
He said he first alerted the board to his decision to resign in September.
“It has been a real privilege working for this district,” Lucas added.