Manhattan City Commissioner Usha Reddi will take a leave of absence from her teaching position at Ogden Elementary for the 2019-20 school year.

Reddi said it’s been a decision she’s been considering for years.

“I’m going through some personal changes in my life, and I just didn’t want to have to worry about having to take days off here and there,” Reddi said. “I didn’t want to take away from teaching children because I have to do other stuff. I thought this might be in the best interest for at least a year while things change, or if I choose to come back to education.”

Reddi is a math coordinator at the school, and she said she doesn’t anticipate picking up any other jobs during her leave of absence.

“I think it was hard, even with some of the other time commitments I have on the commission, to go to national conferences or conferences in general or other daytime meetings,” Reddi said. “I had to pick and choose which ones to go to. I thought it would be good to give someone else a chance to be the Title 1 math coordinator and leave it at that.”

Originally elected to the commission in 2013, Reddi was re-elected to a four-year term in 2017.

Reddi and commissioner Wynn Butler are not up for re-election this year, but eight candidates, including incumbent commissioner Linda Morse, are on the ballot this November for three city commission spots. Mayor Mike Dodson and commissioner Jerred McKee said they would not seek re-election.

As mayor pro tem, Reddi is next in line to become mayor when Dodson leaves the commission in January.

Education reporter for the Manhattan Mercury. Follow me on Twitter at @byRafaelGarcia.