One of the newest members of the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Committee has resigned because her family is moving out of town.
Melissa Even Moore submitted her resignation on Monday because her family has been looking for a new home in Hamilton or Wenham but has not be able to find one. Instead, her family will live in Rockport this winter and hopes to move back to Hamilton and Wenham in the spring.
“I want to thank the community for its support and encouragement,” she wrote. “It has truly been an honor to have been elected and to have served you.”
Moore was elected to a three-year term on the School Committee last April. She also ran unsuccessfully for the School Committee a year earlier.
The opening means that the School Committee and Wenham Board of Selectmen will be in charge of filling the opening, said School Committee Chairman Roger Kuebel.
It is the second time in recent years that a vacant School Committee has been filled this way. When Don Gallant resigned from the committee, his seat was filled by Larry Swartz, who was later elected to fill the remaining portion of the term.
This article has been corrected and updated to indicate the decision about the replacement will be with the Wenham Board of Selectmen and School Committee.
A complete copy of her resignation letter is below:
Dear Members of the Hamilton and Wenham Community:
It is with deep regret that I have submitted my resignation as a member of the Hamilton Wenham Regional District School Committee as we are moving out of the District.
I want to thank the community for its support and encouragement. It has truly been an honor to have been elected and to have served you. Having grown up in Hamilton, I already knew what a special place this is to call home. Having been a part of the community as an adult, with a family and as an elected official has solidified that knowledge.
As many of you know, my family has been trying to find a new home in Hamilton or Wenham for some time, but we were unable to. We have decided to spend the winter in Rockport and hope to return to Hamilton or Wenham in the spring.
It has been both an honor and a pleasure to serve on this distinguished Committee. I am disappointed that I will not be able to continue the excellent work that the Committee has undertaken.
Again, I cannot thank you all enough for your support.
Melissa Even Moore