City council, school board to soon have vacancies
One family's move will soon send the Baldwin City Council and the Baldwin Board of Education each in search of a new member.
Todd and Stacy Cohen will be leaving Baldwin in a few months and moving to Lawrence, which means the couple will have to vacate their seats on the local governing boards.
"We're not leaving because we don't like the community. We love Baldwin," Stacy Cohen said. "We're looking to make a change in our lifestyle."
She said the couple bought a house in Lawrence and plan to be moving around May.
Todd Cohen, who has completed nearly one year of a four-year term, said he will be stepping down as a city council member as early as the next meeting.
"I hope people understand. I did not anticipate this last spring or I certainly would not have run," he said. "I wish I wouldn't have to leave the council because I think great things are happening.
"I really appreciate all the support I've gotten."
He said his replacement is expected to be announced when he resigns.
Stacy Cohen, who was elected last spring to a two-year term on the school board, said she will remain in her position until the move.
"I would not have run for election, Todd would not have run for re-election, if we had any idea we were going to leave," she said. "I feel bad in that sense."
Stacy Cohen said one of the reasons for the move is to help advance Todd's job at Kansas University.
"It opens up more opportunities for him," she said. "It'll make it easier to commute to Topeka or Kansas City."
She said they also purchased a house in which they will have the opportunity to remodel.
"I really love the challenge of fixing up a house," she said. "And this will be a big challenge. I think it will be fun."
Stacy Cohen said though her family is moving, she will still be a part of the community.
"I don't feel like I'm leaving completely. I'm still going to be working here, so I'll still be involved in the community through Baker University," she said. "This would be harder for me if I still didn't work at Baker."
She said she hoped people realized they weren't moving because they didn't like Baldwin.
"I love Baldwin," she said. "I really love being a part of this community. It's the best experience I've had.
"But we feel this is a good opportunity," she said.