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Griffin becomes third Christina board member to resign this year

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Christina School Board President Meredith Griffin addresses Christiana High School graduates in June 2019.

Christina School Board President Meredith Griffin has resigned, becoming the third board member to step down this year.

Griffin did not attend the board’s virtual meeting Tuesday night. In his place, board vice president Keeley Powell ran the meeting and a made a brief announcement that Griffin had submitted a letter of resignation.

Powell said Griffin wanted to spend more time on his pastoral duties. Griffin is the pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Wilmington. He was elected to the board in 2017, and his five-year board term would have expired in June 2022.

A district spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for a copy of Griffin’s letter.

Griffin’s resignation is the latest in a string of departures from the board.

In March, Elizabeth Paige resigned, and the following month, Angela Mitchell followed suit. Both cited their dissatisfaction with their board colleagues.

By law, the board will appoint an interim replacement for Griffin. That replacement will serve for about a year until voters pick a permanent replacement in the 2021 school board election.

In the last year, the board has already appointed three members. Warren Howell and Monica Moriak were appointed to replace Paige and Mitchell. Last fall, Claire O’Neal was appointed to replace Katie Hegedus, who resigned just moments after being sworn in.

Longtime board member George Evans is not seeking another term in the school board election later this month, and his seat will be filled by Alethea Smith-Tucker, who was the only candidate to file for the election.

As a result, Powell and Fred Polaski will be the only ones of the seven board members to have more than a year of experience. Powell will serve as president of the board until August, when the board will vote on a president and vice president.

Griffin’s resignation comes amidst major changes for the district, which welcomed Dan Shelton as its new superintendent last week. The board did not renew the contracts of five top district administrators, and Shelton is starting to fill those positions with new hires.

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