MEREDITH — After representing the town of Sandwich on the Inter-Lakes School Board for the past four years, John Martin has tendered his resignation, explaining that he has chosen to pursue a professional opportunity that would hinder his ability to be an effective member of the board.
The board would have accepted Martin's resignation at its regularly scheduled meeting earlier this month, but the meeting was cancelled for want of a quorum. Once the resignation is accepted the position will be advertised and applicants, who must be residents of Sandwich, will be invited to submit a letter of intent together with their qualifications to the district.
However, the school board will not fill the vacancy. A statute enacted in 2013 prescribes that in a cooperative school district the remaining members of the board representing the same town or towns as the departed member shall fill vacancy, provided there are at least two such members. Since there is only one remaining member of the board from Sandwich — Howard Cunningham — the statute requires the Sandwich Board of Selectmen to make the appointment and if they cannot do so, the responsibility falls to the moderator of the cooperative school district. The appointee will serve until the next school district election in 2016.
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