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Clarke school board member to resign

A member of the Clarke County Board of Education is stepping down.

District 2’s Kirrena Gallagher made the announcement Thursday evening at a Board of Education meeting.

"I have decided to resign from the board to run for the recently vacated District 2 Commission seat," Gallagher said. "I can only hope that I've made a positive impact on this board and CCSD in my brief time as the District 2 representative."

The District 2 seat on the Athens-Clarke County Commission, which Gallagher is running for, will be filled by a special election in March. Qualifying for that office begins on Monday.

But, there won’t be a special election to fill the now-open seat on the Board of Education. Instead, the board will appoint Gallagher’s replacement. Interested candidates have until January 6 to apply.

For more information on applying to fill the vacancy, see the Clarke County School District’s website.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.