Xenia school board member resigns

Pam Callahan resigned from the Xenia school board, effective March 1.

In her resignation letter sent on Feb. 15, Callahan said that she was resigning due to the stress of managing her “incredibly overbooked life,” and felt she could no longer make a “positive impact on the district as a member of the board.”

“I began this journey because the time was right and now it is no longer the case,” she wrote. “I have been and always will be a strong supporter of public education and specifically Xenia Community Schools. I know good things are happening in this district and hope to continue to champion those accomplishments.”

Callahan has been a member of the Xenia Community Schools Board of Education since 2015, and was reelected in 2019. She has worked as a Radiologic Technologist for over 15 years, according to her biography on the school’s website, and is currently employed as an Associate Professor at Sinclair Community College.

“We appreciate everything that she did. All the time and commitment she put into the board, to the schools, to our committees,” Xenia school board President Josh Day said on Monday, adding that Callahan did a lot of work raising money for the schools. “We just really appreciate everything she did and wish her well.”

The move comes on the heels of Xenia Schools’ treasurer, Carolyn Huber, taking a position as treasurer for Wayne Local Schools in January. The district also has an operating levy on the ballot in May.

The district is required to appoint someone to fill the vacancy by 30 days after the effective date of her resignation.

Anyone interested in the job must be a registered voter in Xenia, and must submit a resume and a letter of interest that is two pages or less to the school board by 4 p.m. on Mar. 10. Complete details and directions are available at XeniaSchools.org.

The board will review the applicants at a special meeting on Mar. 17, and interviews will be scheduled for Mar. 25 and 27, according to the district’s vacancy posting on Tuesday.

The board will vote to appoint Callahan’s replacement on Mar. 27, and the newly appointed member will be sworn in on Apr. 10. They will serve the remainder of Dr. Callahan’s unexpired term, which ends Dec. 31, 2023.

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