UPDATED:Gary Calhoun said he resigned because he had unfairly been receiving complaints from teachers that he was getting involved in the classroom, which is not allowed by board members. Calhoun said he works for a private company that provides therapeutic staff support, and while that sometimes means being in classrooms, he wasn't directing teachers what to do. PREVIOUSLY:

York City School Board member Gary Calhoun has resigned.

Board president Margie Orr said after Monday's committee meetings that Calhoun submitted a resignation letter last week. Calhoun did not attend Monday.

Orr did not elaborate on why Calhoun resigned, other than to say it had to do with personal reasons. Calhoun still has a year left on his term.

Orr said that by next Wednesday's meeting the board will decide how to fill the vacancy. They are allowed to appoint someone -- Orr got on the board by appointment, for example -- or to open the vacancy to outside applicants.

York City Council recently accepted applications to fill the vacancy left by the death of Joanne Borders.

Orr said selecting a replacement by appointment would save the board time.

"We've going to need all hands on deck," Orr said.

Calhoun, who was elected in 2009, voted against the district's budget this year, citing a concern about raising taxes. He also voted in 2010 in favor of renovating Davis Elementary instead of closing it.

-- Reach Andrew Shaw at ashaw@yorkdispatch.com



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