Citing health concerns, Lake County School Board Member Kyleen Fischer is withdrawing her candidacy for re-election.
Fischer said Tuesday that she had suffered a stroke and was admitted to Florida Hospital Waterman on May 17.
She said she previously had a virus, which led to complications that were life threatening.
It was only determined after testing that she had experienced a stroke, Fischer said.
Fischer has served on the School Board for four terms, including a term in the 1980s, according to the school district.
Fischer is a Criminal Justice Addictions Specialist and is a supervisor for LifeStream Behavioral Center, according to the district’s website.
Bill Mathias, school board member, said he was grateful for Fischer’s support when he started out as a new board member in 2013.
“I think she should be commended for her public service and the Lake County School District is better because of her,” he said.
Asked about her five terms on the board, Fischer said she did not wish to elaborate further than her comments earlier about dropping out.
“I am very grateful and appreciative,” she said of her time on the board. “There are wonderful people
in Lake County.”
Superintendent Susan Moxley said in an email statement that Fischer has dedicated “her career in serving the children of Lake County.”
“She has been instrumental in implementing innovative programs, technology and school safety initiatives so that all children are career and college ready,” she stated.
Two people have filed for Fischer’s seat: Stephanie Ann Luke of Umatilla and Nancy L. Muenzmay of Eustis.
In 2000, Luke began her career as a teacher in Lake County. She has been an elementary mathematics program specialist and a project manager for the district’s Race to the Top initiative, according to her website.
Currently, she teaches elementary education at the University of Central Florida, where she also coordinates internships in Lake and Sumter counties, her website states.
Muenzmay is director of Incubator Programs at Lake Sumter State College, according to her website, www.nancymuenzmay.com . Prior to that, she was executive director of the Lake Eustis Chamber of Commerce from 2009 to 2013.
She has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education from Indiana State University, and is working on her MBA in finance, her website states.
Muenzmay, who has been an elementary school teacher for one year in Pine Hills, also has more than 10 years of business experience and owns her own company, Striking Effects Promotions in Eustis.