At the Oct. 7 Board meeting, long time board member Elizabeth Herkenham announced that she will be stepping down from her seat on the BH-BL Board of Education effective January 1, 2015.
“I have fully enjoyed my involvement with the BH-BL school district from my start as a PTA mom 19 years ago through my 11 years on the board,” says Herkenham in her resignation letter to the board. “BH-BL will always have a special place in my heart for many reasons. My children received a great education and I will be forever grateful to all those wonderful educators who helped to make that possible.”
A job enhancement opportunity she accepted will require her to devote more time to her current position as the Director of Education Outreach for the School of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
“In her 11 years on the board, Elizabeth has held numerous positions, dedicated countless hours and helped bring many innovative and exciting programs and events to our students,” says Superintendent Patrick McGrath. “Her commitment to innovation, her advocacy for science, technology, engineering, and math education, and her all around love for BH-BL has been unwavering and truly inspirational. She will be missed. She is doing great things connecting schools with post-secondary opportunities at RPI. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”
Herkenham’s resignation will be effective January 1, 2015, while her term expires June 30, 2015. When a school board seat becomes vacant during the middle of a term, the board, with a vote of the majority of the whole board, can appoint a qualifying community member to fill the vacancy until the next regular school district election in May; leave the seat vacant; or hold a special election.
How the board plans to fill the vacancy is yet to be determined. Please check the district’s website for updates.