For the second time this summer, a senior Hesperia Unified School District official has announced his resignation during a school board meeting.

School board member Bruce Minton announced his intention to resign during the board members' comments portion of the meeting Monday night.

"Effective September 1, 2008, I intend to resign my position on this board," Minton said, reading from a number of hand-written drafts. "I simply cannot continue to serve on this board."

Elected in 2004, former school board president Minton has found himself in the minority along with board member Helen Rogers since the 2006 election of Hardy Black, Robert Kirk and Lee Rogers, who have often clashed with Minton in meetings.

Minton and Rogers are up for reelection this year. Rogers is not expected to seek a second term.

After the meeting, Minton said the sometimes-contentious school board meetings have taken a physical toll on him. He suffered a major heart attack earlier this year.

"My doctor, when I had the heart attack, he came in and he told me. 'You've got [good] eating, you don't smoke, you don't drink, you're not terrible. You exercise. You've got genetic [issues], and you can't change that, but you've got stress," Minton said Thursday. "There's something that's triggering this.' ... I said, 'well, I'm sure that it's my frustrations on the school board.' He said, 'well, get off it.'"

"You know, Bruce has been sick," board member Lee Rogers said Friday. "I worried about Bruce doing as much as he was doing, regardless of what it is. If I had a couple of heart attacks, I know what I'd be doing: I'd be spending more time with more family."

"I'm not pointing the finger," Minton said. "My stress level, I cannot handle it. Other people are wired differently, and I cannot handle that. I'm not like that."

At Monday's meeting, Minton alleged political favors had been granted by the controlling trio, a lack of transparency in board actions and misleading information had been given to the public, although he did not go into specifics.

"I'm not really sure what all Bruce was talking about," Rogers said. "I have no political ambition. I didn't come into it with any political ambitions."

Minton has repeatedly complained that board members would give instructions directly to district staff, rather than going through Superintendent Mark McKinney.

"I know what Mark will do," Rogers said. "Mark will say 'why won't you go through this with so-and-so.' [McKinney's predecessor Hank Richardson] did the same thing and I'm sure [previous superintendent Dick Bray] did the same thing."

Minton's position cannot be filled before the election: Board bylaws say that if an opening occurs within four months of a general election, the seat is to remain vacant until the voters choose a replacement.

Minton's mid-meeting announcement echoes the resignation of former Assistant Superintendent of Business Services George Landon, who announced his intention to resign during the June 23 meeting's public comment portion.

The next meeting of the Hesperia Unified School District school board will be held on August 18 at 6 p.m. in the Hesperia Administration and Educational Support Center, 15576 Main Street.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.