Board of Education chair Shannen Sharkey has resigned her seat n the Board of Education, as her job as a teacher in another district is seeing increased demand.
"Unfortunately I cannot continue in this role and give it the attention that it needs and deserves," she wrote to town officials. "As you know, most schools are beginning the year in a hybrid model; as a third grade teacher, I need to focus all of my efforts there."
The schools reopening has been a source of rising contention in Branford, as communication from the Superintendents office has been a near constant source of complaints from parents. Added to that are actions of some elected officials on the RTM, who have worked to politicize the matter, which has served to further confuse parents.
It is unclear who will replace Sharkey as chair. John Prins currently serves as vice chair.
Soon after Maria Ehrhardt, a other teacher on the Board, resigned, stating that "politics and egos continue to get in the way of progress to move the district forward." She stated that her optimism for the Board no longer existed with the departure of Sharkey, and that she hoped her replacement could help bring about positive changes.
More to come.