Oak Ridge Board of Education member Paige Marshall resigned from the school board on Thursday.
Marshall and her family are moving to North Carolina for a new job, BOE Chair Keys Fillauer said Friday.
In her resignation letter on Thursday, Marshall expressed sadness and deep appreciation.
“I am sad to leave a wonderful school district in Oak Ridge and the wonderful people on the Board of Education as well as our wonderful Oak Ridge Schools staff and students,” Marshall said. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve our community. I wish you all the best as you and the rest of the board work to keep the Oak Ridge Schools the finest in the state.”
Elected in November 2014, Marshall’s four-year term expires this November, when there are three open seats on the five-member school board.
There is only one incumbent who was elected in 2014 and is seeking re-election on November 6. That is Laura McLean.
Besides Marshall and McLean, the other school board member elected (or re-elected) in 2014 was Bob Eby. Eby resigned earlier this year to serve on the state school board. In March, Ben Stephens was appointed to fill Eby’s seat through a special election on August 2. Stephens was the only candidate to run in that special election, and he will serve the rest of Eby’s four-year term, which ends with the November election. Stephens is seeking a regular four-year term in November.
In addition to McLean and Stephens, there is one other candidate seeking election to the Oak Ridge Board of Education in November. That is Erin Webb, director of children’s ministries at First United Methodist Church. That’s a total of three candidates for three school board seats.
The Oak Ridge Board of Education will likely appoint Webb to fill Marshall’s seat until the November election, Fillauer said. He said the board could make that appointment next week.
After Eby’s resignation, Marshall’s resignation was the second this year from the Board of Education. There has also been once City Council member who resigned this year. That was Hans Vogel, who left to take a new job at Idaho National Laboratory.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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