School board member steps down after Title IX complaint

A March 2, 2015 meeting of the Lakewood Public Schools Board of Education.

WOODLAND, Mich. (WOOD) – A Lakewood Public Schools Board of Education member has resigned after being named in a Title IX complaint against the district claiming it supported Chad Curtis, who was convicted of sex crimes against teen girls.

Monday, Brain Potter, who served on the board since 2006, announced that he has resigned his position effective immediately. He cited personal reasons for the decision.

The district will soon post the opening and begin taking applications to fill the seat. The school board will select someone to fill the seat until the general election.

Potter and Gary Foltz, also board member,  were named in the complaint that includes text messages and emails from the two board members to Curtis and his wife in which they expressed support for the family.

Curtis, a former Major League Baseball player, was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in 2013 for touching the 15- and 16-year-old girls inappropriately when he was volunteering in the school weight room in 2012. He is now serving a seven to 15-year prison sentence. He has maintained his innocence.

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