President Susan Carlsson announced at the end of Monday's meeting that she will resign effective May 21, around the time she had expected to leave the board, anyway.
However, due to the school board's November, Carlsson's three year term, which previously would have expired this April, had been extended through the rest of 2012. On Tuesday, Carlsson said she is wrapping up up her sixth year on the board.
But Carlsson said Monday she is resigning anyway, and the board will need to advertise to seek a Board of Education member who can serve her term through the end of this year. That person then would have the option of seeking reelection on the November ballot.
The deadline is June 5 for filing a petition with Somerset County to be included on the ballot in November's school election, school officials have announced.
Carlsson said she no longer has children in the school district, and that she had sold her house and has been living in a rental just so she could complete her term through April. She added she will not be at the next scheduled board meeting on April 23.
Carlsson was selected as board president in April 2010 by her fellow board members. She has held the position since.
Carlsson said she is leaving town, but not the state. She said she will be relocating to her beach house at the Jersey shore.
At Tuesday's meeting, Deputy Mayor Carolyn Gaziano, who attends school board meetings as the governing body's liasion, thanked Carlsson for her service. "We have had a great working relationship, and I wish her the best," Gaziano said.