The New Albany-Plain Local school board Monday night officially approved the resignation of communications director Carole Dorn-Bell.

The New Albany-Plain Local school board Monday night officially approved the resignation of communications director Carole Dorn-Bell.

Dorn-Bell, who has been with the district for about nine months, said she plans to stay at home with her two children, ages 3 and 5.

She said her youngest daughter is ill, and she believes she is needed at home.

"I can't say enough for how wonderful they (district officials) have been through it all," Dorn-Bell said about her decision, which, she said, her family had made together.

Board member Mike Klein voted against the resolution to accept Dorn-Bell's resignation as a symbolic way to express his gratitude for her work with the district.

"I don't mean to put Carole on the spot, but I cannot in good conscience take (Superintendent) Dr. (Steve) Castle's recommendation," he said. "I don't think people realize what a loss this will be to the district."

Klein also said that when the district hired Dorn-Bell in April, she was the most qualified person for the position.

"To me we are accepting the resignation of the best person out there, and I don't want to hire the second-best person out there unless we have done everything to save her," he said.

Dorn-Bell said she was flattered by Klein's words.

"It is like leaving family," she said. "It is very difficult."

She said she has been talking to the administration since December about her decision to leave but only really decided about two weeks ago.

Dorn-Bell, who was hired for a three-year contract, was making $88,000. She said she had no problems with getting out of her contract.

Prior to working in the New Albany schools, she served as the communications director for the Olentangy Local School District.

Castle said Dorn-Bell has been a great addition to his staff.

"I tell her the same thing I tell all my employees," he said. "Family comes first. We will miss her here. She has done good work."

Castle said that when the board was interviewing candidates for the position last spring, more than 70 candidates had expressed interest in the position.

"Anytime there is a search of this nature, especially one that was more recent, we will certainly revisit that information and take a look at the other candidates," he said.

Dorn-Bell said she does not know when the district might look for her replacement, but she said she would help during the transition.

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