By Joe Johnson
Dr. Frances Berry last week abruptly resigned from the Clarke County Board of Education after representing District 2 on the board for little more than nine months.
Berry’s resignation was announced in a statement released Sunday morning by the Clarke County School District.
The announcent stated that Berry on Friday tendered a letter of resignation that was effective immediately.
The statement did not give a reason for Berry’s sudden departure, but on Sunday night Berry released a brief statement of her own:
“I joined the Board hoping I could help make a difference but I learned this year that I am not cut out for the stress of politics, she said .”I resigned in order to focus on my health and my family.”
Berry’s resignation letter, obtained by Classic City News, reads as follows:
November 14, 2019
Honorable Brian Kemp
Governor, State of Georgia
206 Washington Street
111 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
Dr. LaKeisha Gantt
President, Board of Education
440-1 Dearing Extension
Athens, GA 30606
Dr. Demond Means
Superintendent, Clarke County School District
P.O. Box 1708
Athens, GA 30603
RE: Resignation from the Clarke County School District Board of Education
Dear Governor Kemp, Dr. Gantt, and Dr. Means:
I am writing to inform you of my resignation from my position on the board of education for Clarke County School District due to personal reasons. I will relinquish my responsibilities and privileges as a board member effective immediately.
I greatly appreciated the opportunity to serve alongside my fellow board members in a cause we all believe in -- the education of every child.
CC: Honorable Brad Raffensperger, Georgia Secretary of State; Honorable Richard Woods, Georgia State School Superintendent
Berry was appointed to the school board after District 2 representative Vernon Payne resigned for health reasons in January. Berry was sworn in as Payne’s replacement on March 7. Her term ends Dec. 31, 2020.
Qualified residents living in District 2 and desiring to fill Berry’s vacancy will be invited to apply, the school district said in its release. The district will be releasing the dates and requirements for the application process.
“The remaining members of the board shall appoint a qualified resident of the education district wherein the vacancy occurred to serve for the remainder of the unexpired term and until a successor is elected and qualified,” the district stated in its release.