Nelsonville-York Board Of Education Board Member Resigns

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For the third time this year the Nelsonville-York Board of Education will be tasked with filling a vacancy on its own board.

During Tuesday's regular meeting Board President Micah Covert read a letter of resignation from Board Member Tim Maiden effective that day. Maiden was not in attendance at the meeting.

In the letter dated Aug. 8, 2014, Maiden states that he recently accepted a position at a company in Delaware, Ohio, and due to his work schedule and traveling responsibilities would not be able to devote the time and effort required to the Board or be available for the monthly meetings.

In his letter, Maiden called it an honor and a privilege to serve on the board. Maiden has served on the Board for 14 years, having been most recently re-elected in November 2011.

"I have an abundant amount of respect for all the board members, administration, certified staff, and classified staff. I believe we have the best organization of people in the State of Ohio, however I might be a little bias. I have appreciated working with everyone involved in our school district through the years of my service," read the letter in part. Maiden also noted his appreciation for the support of the community.

Each of the current board members spoke highly of Maiden and the service he has provided to the district over the past several years.

Covert thanked Maiden for his service on the Board and stated that he will be missed.

Roberta Bunting, who served with Maiden for more than a decade, commented that it had been an honor and a privilege to serve with Maiden. She added that he had been an asset to the Board and the school community who had an ability to remain calm in many situations.

Maiden's resignation will result in the third vacancy on the board in 2014.

Bunting was re-appointed to the Board in January filling the seat she left vacant when she did not run for re-election and no one else ran for the seat.

Steve Berry was appointed to the Board in April following the resignation of Duane Andrews. Berry had previously served nine years on the board.

At the time of Berry's appointment there were five other individuals who had expressed interest in the vacancy.

According to Supt. Mick McClelland, the Board cannot act on the vacancy for 10 days, but must fill the position within 30 days. The next regular board meeting is currently scheduled for Sept. 10, 29 days after the date of the vacancy.