Hamilton school board member resigns; applications being accepted for position

Hamilton Board of Education member Rob Weigel, left, announced his resignation Thursday evening and was presented a plaque of appreciation from Hamilton Schools Superintendent Mike Holbrook. Weigel, a former president and vice president on the board, said he wanted to spend more time with his family in explaining his departure from the governing board. (Photo by Michael D. Clark\Journal-News)
Hamilton Board of Education member Rob Weigel, left, announced his resignation Thursday evening and was presented a plaque of appreciation from Hamilton Schools Superintendent Mike Holbrook. Weigel, a former president and vice president on the board, said he wanted to spend more time with his family in explaining his departure from the governing board. (Photo by Michael D. Clark\Journal-News)

There’s now an opening on the Hamilton school board after a veteran member announced his resignation Thursday evening.

Rob Weigel, a former president of the Hamilton Board of Education, notified fellow members he is ending his nearly eight-year run on the governing board of the 10,000-student school system.

While Weigel attended the board’s meeting, he did not speak other than to give a quick thanks to the remaining four members and Superintendent Mike Holbrook, who presented Weigel with a plaque commemorating his public service.

Weigel, a native of the city and a longtime local businessman and graduate of Hamilton High School, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But as part of his resignation notice, he cited a desire “to spend more time with his family.”

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Weigel’s service was appreciated, said board President Lauren Sprague.

“We are very fortunate that Rob has been with the board for almost eight years. He has served as president and vice president and has done a wonderful job in that capacity as a board member,” said Sprague.

Holbrook told Weigel “this district is going to miss your leadership on this board.”

The board already has begun receiving applications to fill the elected office.

Weigel’s term was due to end Dec. 31.

Potential candidates have until 4 p.m. May 7 to apply.

The board must appoint a new member within 30 days.

Whoever is chosen will only serve out the remainder of Weigel’s term unless they run in the November election and receive a full, four-year term.

Upon the conclusion of interviews May 12, the school board will vote on an appointee during its May 13 meeting and, if approved, that person will be seated at that time.

Applicants must send a letter of interest, resume, and application – available at the district’s website – to Hamilton Schools’ Treasurer Robert Hancock via regular mail or through the email address rhancock@hcsdoh.org while noting in the subject line: “Vacant HCSD Board Position Candidate.

Mailed applications should go to Hancock’s attention at the Hamilton Schools Central Office, 533 Dayton St., Hamilton, OH 45011.

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