Carr cited growing outside demands on his time and said he thought the timing was right as a difficult school year ended with the district emerging from the pandemic.
Reflecting on his time in the district as a parent, volunteer, booster and school board member, he called the district a blessing to his family.
“The past four-plus years on this governing board, I've tried to ask meaningful questions, and I've tried to question the status quo,” he said. “I'm sure I made my share of mistakes, and at least some of the emails that we receive tend to validate that perception. Nevertheless, I hope that those efforts are received as intended. I've always tried to improve our school's ability to serve children.”
Carr praised his fellow school board members for their ability to work together and be civil through disagreements. He also thanked Superintendent Shane McCord and administrators, district parents and his family.
Board members and McCord returned the praise.
“Your service to this community is undoubtedly honest and forthright, and your commitment to young people is certainly always evident,” Board President Charles Santa Cruz said.
McCord said every conversation he has with Carr is about what is best for kids.
“Not everybody's going to agree with everything that happens up here, but never ever have you made a decision without thinking it through and wondering what's best for our students and our community and our staff,” McCord said. “So thank you for that. [I] appreciate your service.”
Carr, who is the chief financial officer for a private real estate investment firm, ran for school board in 2014 but was defeated. He was first elected in 2016 and won appointment last fall when the election was canceled because three people were running for the three open seats.
Carr’s term was to run until January 2025. As he has completed less than two years, his immediate successor will be chosen by appointment from Maricopa County Schools Superintendent Steve Watson.
The GPS governing board may recommend three candidates from among the applicants, but Watson is free to choose from them or another applicant for the job. A replacement will be elected to fill the final two years of Carr’s term in November 2022.