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Tim Ryan quits as New Beginnings board member

New Beginnings Schools Foundation board chairman Tim Ryan tendered his resignation Wednesday night — the third board member to do so in the last week.

Current board member Ramsey Green confirmed Ryan’s resignation Thursday afternoon.

Ryan, the former chancellor of the University of New Orleans, is listed as an initial director in the New Beginnings’ articles of incorporation dated April 2004.

Earlier this week, members April Bedford and Carol Skriloff Star also resigned.

“We have work cut out for us, we know that,” Green said. “This is a big year to make sure our schools are getting better.”

Green said the board will begin to rebuild its relationship with the University of New Orleans, which chartered Pierre A. Capdau Elementary, the network’s first school. New Beginnings also operates Medard H. Nelson and Gentilly Terrace charter schools, and the Lake Area New Tech high school.

Peter Fos, the president of UNO, and Darrell Kruger, the dean of UNO’s College of Education and Human Development, would likely join the board, Green said.

He said the two would be up for consideration at a special board meeting held after Labor Day. Tuesday’s meeting has been cancelled, as a number of board members will be out of town.

He said the board also will reexamine its bylaws in the upcoming months.

Mark Boucree, Kathy Saloy, Carla Major, Jade Brown Russell and Green are the current members of the board.

“I want parents and teachers and staff to know that the network is in a strong position,” Green said.

Ryan could not be reached for comment.

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