By Kent Gray

Triplicate staff writer

School Boardmember Steve Parke surprised school officials Thursday night with the announcement of his resignation, effective at the end of June.

At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Del Norte Unified School District, Parke told the board he would be moving to Susanville because his wife had secured a job there.

andquot;He has been a very valuable member of the board. He's been like a mentor to me,andquot; said President Bob Berkowitz.

Parke was out of town and could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Superintendent Frank Lynch said Parke's announcement was not accompanied by a letter of resignation, which will be turned in on his last day, June 30.

andquot;We have a 60-day window from that time. We will have to post in three areas in District Five, which is his district,andquot; said Lynch. andquot;I'm not sure, but the board may be looking at making an appointment for the seat.andquot;

When he ran for re-election in November, Parke said he believed he brought a andquot;broader perspectiveandquot; to the district during his 13 years as a boardmember.

Parke, 57, is a graduate of Wooster College with a bachelor's degree in biology and of University of the Pacific with a master's degree in marine science. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces.

Parke taught biological sciences and marine-related technologies at College of the Redwoods. His community involvement includes Crescent City Rotary, serving as president of the Church Tree Community Services District and as a boardmember of the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center.