Tab Uno will resign from the Salt Lake City Board of Education effective Sept. 5, in part because of frustration over an "inadequate policy on religion in schools."
Uno abruptly left a recent board meeting as the body addressed its "Religion in the Curriculum" policy following a brief, sharp exchange with board vice president Roger Thompson. The dispute stemmed over concerns about the suitability of alternative school assignments for students who seek waivers of classroom assignments or activities that offend them."With the striking differences appearing between my beliefs and those of a majority of the board, the gap has become too large to bridge," Uno wrote in a letter to Superintendent Darline Robles.
Uno also cited frustration over slow progress on issues including the district's "inequitable building program, spurious site-based management, stalled schools as community resource centers, over-looked ethnic/minority needs, our inadequate policy on religion in schools and the unresolved Northwest Middle School issue."
Uno, 40, was elected to a four-year term on the board in 1992, representing Precinct 1, northwest Salt Lake.
He also was elected to the board in 1978, serving until Jan. 1, 1982, when he resigned citing communications problems with other board members and personal considerations. Uno was a college student at the time.
Under the state election code, the school board has 30 days to appoint a successor to fill the unexpired term. The board must advertise the vacancy at least two weeks before it meets to name a successor.