Whitehall school board President Blythe Wood has resigned, the district announced Friday, Feb. 22.

“I’ve taken on more professional commitments that require more of my time,” she said, adding she believes the district deserves someone who has the time to dedicate to the responsibility of serving as a board member.

Wood’s term expires Dec. 31, 2021.

She has served as a board member for 13 years since first being appointed to the unexpired term of Darlene Jessup.

Wood was elected in 2009, 2013 and 2017.

She said she has accepted a new job as the associate director of the Children’s Dyslexic Center in Dublin and remains an academic behavioral coach in the special-education department in the Pickerington Local School District.

Whitehall Superintendent Brian Hamler said the district is “very appreciative” of Wood’s service and said her “guidance, knowledge and dedication” benefited Whitehall schools.

Per Ohio Revised Code, the seat must be filled no earlier than 10 days and no later than 30 days after her resignation, which was official Feb. 21, according to district spokesman Ty Debevoise. 

The board will meet in a special session to discuss filling the vacancy, Debevoise said.

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