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Whittier resigns from Board of Education seat

Photo by Megan Spicer

Morgan Whittier resigned from the Board of Education on Sept. 2.

After nine years on the Board of Education, Morgan Whittier has resigned a few months before his term was set to expire.

Whittier's resignation was unanimously accepted at a special Board of Education meeting Tuesday. His resignation was effective Wednesday.

Board of Education Chairman Betsy Hagerty-Ross thanked Whittier for his service.

"You always represented both sides of every argument very well and made it quite an interesting eight years for me," Hagerty-Ross said. Whittier's resignation was the only agenda item for the special meeting, which started 40 minutes late because the board's executive session ran longer than anticipated.

Whittier announced that for personal reasons he would not seek re-election at the end of May.

"I felt that nine years on the Board of Ed was enough and there are some other volunteer activities to which I would like to dedicate my time," Whittier said in an email in May.

In recent months, Whittier was noticeably absent from meetings. Since the start of 2014, of the 14 combined regular and special meetings Whittier missed six meetings and left early from another.

Hagerty-Ross said that the board has the option to reach out to the Republican Town Committee for a replacement until the November election. Because Whittier is a Republican, a Republican must fill his seat for the two months remaining in the term.

Although an endorsed Republican candidate does not necessarily need to fill the vacant seat, Hagerty-Ross said she hopes the board will have an appointee by the next board meeting Sept. 9. Any appointee would serve only until the end of Whittier's term, and would have to be elected in his or her own right in November to continue serving.

In the past, the political parties' town committees have been asked to recommend a new board member in the event that an active member steps down or resigns. Board member Sara Zuro joined the board in May 2012 after former board member Amy Bell stepped down to become the executive chairwoman of the Darien Community Association.

Whittier had no comment following Tuesday's Board of Education meeting.

"I appreciate his attention and his humor and way he has held himself as a board member," Hagerty-Ross said.

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Megan Spicer

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