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Concord School Board member announces early resignation

The Concord School Board anticipated there would be three open positions in the upcoming November election, but with the announcement of a board member moving out of Concord, a fourth seat has opened up.

Melissa Donovan, the school board member representing Wards 1 through 4, will be moving out of the city with two years left on her term. Donovan was elected to the school board last Novem and began her term Jan. 1.

“I have submitted my resignation with the idea that my seat will be up for election, which is why I gave everyone early notice,” Donovan said. “It’s really important to me that voters in District A select a representative.”

Donovan said she was looking for a home with more land than her Concord residence but was unable to find a home in town and will soon move to Pembroke. “My first choice would have been to stay in the Ward 2, 3 area,” she said. But “I will do what’s right for my family.”

“She was a tremendous asset. We’re going to miss her,” said Clint Cogswell, board president. “She brings a lot of experience. Maybe some other community will be able to reel her in.”

Donovan has been serving on three of the school board’s committees: capital facilities, communications and joint council/school board.

“I’ve enjoyed being a part of the district,” Donovan said. “I’m sad to leave now because I feel like I’ve just started out.”

Candidates running for Donovan’s seat will serve a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, filling the remainder of her three-year team. If Donovan moves out of Concord before the end of the year, the elected candidate will be asked to take on the position earlier than 2015, Cogswell said.

“While I have resigned, I will continue to sit on the board until someone takes the seat,” she said. “I will do whatever the board wants. . . . I’ll stick around as long as they need me to.”

The three other open positions, all three-year terms, are for one seat in each of the three districts: District A (Wards 1 through 4), District B (Wards 5 through 7) and District C (Wards 8 through 10).

“I would encourage people to really consider it. . . . It’s definitely worth it,” Donovan said of serving on the school board.

Interested individuals can file to run for the school board positions beginning today at 9 a.m. until Sept. 15 at 4:30 p.m. Concord residents can declare candidacy with Roger Phillips, clerk of the school board, at Phillips Law Office, 104 Pleasant St. An information session for individuals interested in running will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at the administration office, 38 Liberty St.

(Susan Doucet can be reached at 369-3324, sdoucet@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @susan_doucet.)

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