Michelle Brownstein, who served on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education since 2009, has resigned from the board, Chairman James Barrett announced Monday.
“I highly value the time I participated as a member of this board and thank the voters for their support in the past two elections,” Brownstein said in a statement Monday. “It has been an honor to serve the public in this manner,” she wrote in her resignation letter, dated Dec. 28.
Brownstein, when asked why she resigned, referred a reporter to the board’s Dec. 3 election of its new chairman and vice chairman. New board members Rani Dasi, Pat Heinrich and Margaret Samuels outvoted Brownstein and other senior members at that meeting to elect Barrett as chair.
Annetta Streater, who has served since 2006, was elected vice chair.
Brownstein argued before the vote that Vice Chairman Andrew Davidson should be chair, citing his experience and the recent loss of two longtime members.
“The seven of us find ourselves in an unprecedented situation. The chair seat is vacant due to retirement and three of us have just been sworn in and are working very hard to successfully jump on this moving bus,” Brownstein told the board. “I want to caution us to avoid tearing down something of value until we are certain we have something of value to replace it with.”
Barrett thanked Brownstein this week for her service to the district.
“Speaking on behalf of the board, we appreciate Brownstein’s service and concerns for, as noted in her letter, the quality of education for all the district’s students, especially those who are struggling,” Barrett said. With Brownstein’s resignation, along with retirements and turnover on the board in the last election, the board has lost a collective 31 years of experience, he noted.
The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Jan. 21, and the process to appoint a new member will be on the agenda.
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