The Arkansas City public school board will soon have an empty seat to fill.

Board member Lance Niles is moving out of state and has submitted his resignation, effective Feb. 25.

His wife, Tamara Niles, is the school district’s attorney. She also has given notice, but will stay on through this school year, which ends in May, according to Superintendent Ron Ballard.

The family is moving to the Denver, area where Lance Niles has taken a job with a financial institution.

In his resignation letter, Lance Niles said he was grateful for having had the opportunity to serve on the board and expressed his appreciation to those who voted for him.

“I expect the board will find a quality replacement and hope they do so in expeditious fashion,” he said.

Niles was appointed to the board in mid-2017 and elected to a full term later that fall. His term expires in January 2022.

Ballard said the district has contacted the Kansas Association of School Board legal department to verify all of the necessary steps to fill the vacancy.

“Since the vacancy will not occur until Feb. 25, we have time to assemble more detailed information and prepare notices for publication,” Ballard said.

Lance Niles, an Ark City native, has served as the marketing president of Union State Bank for the past 3 1/2 years. USB President/CEO Eric Kurtz said that Niles had done an outstanding job representing the bank in the community.

“We wish him and his family the very best in their future endeavors,” Kurtz said. “Lance and his family will always be welcomed back at USB.”

Tamra Niles served as city attorney for more than 14 years before resigning last year. She is closing her legal office at 125 W. Fifth Ave., with the property up for sale.

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