Columbus City Schools officials said goodbye last week to a board member and a longtime educator.

Columbus City Schools officials said goodbye last week to a board member and a longtime educator.

At the final school board meeting of the year, member W. Carlton Weddington resigned from his seat, while deputy superintendent Marvenia Bosley left after a 35-year career.

The departure of Weddington was not unexpected. In November, he was elected to the represent the 27th District in the Ohio House.

Weddington, who came to the board in 2006, will replace term-limited Rep. Joyce Beatty.

Board president Terry Boyd said he and fellow members have until the end of January to fill the vacant seat. A meeting for those interested was expected to be held early this week.

While on the board, Weddington served as chair of the Audit and Accountability Committee and president of the Ohio School Boards Association Central Region.

Weddington was presented with a plaque on behalf of the district.

"It has been a pleasure to serve Columbus City Schools," Weddington said.

Weddington said the hardest issue he had to tackle was the closing of schools when he first joined the board.

He said highlights of his two-year term included improved graduation rates and the passage of the bond and levy package last month.

"Being on the board of education is not easy, and I feel like I've learned a lot," Weddington told other members. "One thing that I leave here today is that I'm battle-tested, battle-scarred but never battleiweary."

Prior to Weddington's announcement, the board thanked Bosley for her career and said her leadership was instrumental in helping the district improve its standing in the state's yearly ratings, as well as an improving the graduation rate.

"I always wanted to make a difference in the lives of children and here I believe I was able to do that," said Bosley, who received a standing ovation.

"She has been extremely important to this district, and not just to us in the administration, but for a lot of individual children out there, untold children that many of us don't know about," Superintendent Gene Harris said of Bosley.

Evelyn Bell will replace Bosley. Bell was previously the executive director of student assistance intervention and outreach.

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