Columbus City Schools school board member Bryan Steward, who was appointed earlier this month to fill an empty seat on a short-term basis, has submitted his notice of resignation effective Nov. 8.

"It has been a great honor to serve the students, community and District for this short period of time," Steward in an email to board President Gary L. Baker II, according to a statement issued by the district Oct. 31.

One of 55 applicants seeking the vacancy, Steward was appointed to the empty seat at the beginning of October. At the time, Steward indicated he was not seeking the permanent position. Instead, he noted the time constraints placed on the board by state law that made a more thorough search process difficult, the press release said.

The school board will accept additional notices of intent from residents interested in serving to add to the previous 55 applications, the release stated.

The deadline for submissions and timeline for appointing a new Board member will be announced later this week and shared on the district’s website,, according to the release.