Kington resigning from city school board

July 26, 2006|By SARA NEUFELD | SARA NEUFELD,SUN REPORTER

Baltimore school board member Douglas R. Kington said last night that he is resigning, effective Monday - creating a vacancy for political opponents Mayor Martin O'Malley and Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to fill.

Kington, a commercial real estate broker, has served on the nine-member board since September 2004. He said he is resigning primarily to spend more time with his family, mainly his elderly parents and his daughter.

"I love what I did dearly," Kington said of his volunteer position on the school board, but he said it was so time-consuming that "I could've put in 80 hours a week."

Republican Ehrlich and Democrat O'Malley, opponents in this fall's gubernatorial election, jointly appoint members of the city school board. A vacancy will exist while they consider applications to fill Kington's spot.

Kington's announcement comes as the governor and mayor weigh three more appointments to the city school board.

The terms of board Chairman Brian D. Morris, Vice Chairwoman Jerrelle Francois and member Diane Bell McKoy expired July 1. It is unclear whether they will be reappointed, but until a decision is made, all three continue to serve.

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