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Merrimack School Board member abruptly resigns

Union Leader Correspondent

May 23. 2018 11:54PM

At right, Michael Thompson campaigns for a seat on the school board Tuesday outside of the polls in Merrimack. (Kimberly Houghton)

MERRIMACK — School officials are seeking candidates to fill a vacant spot on the school board after the unexpected resignation of Michael Thompson.

Thompson resigned from the school board on May 10.

“It is with great sadness that I’m informing you of my resignation from the school board effective immediately,” Thompson wrote in an email to school officials.

Thompson was initially elected to a three-year term in the spring of 2016.

“Our family is looking to move in the coming months,” he said in an online statement. “Even though it is not 100 percent certain that we will move and we have not sold our house, I felt it was best to step aside from the position to allow a member of the community to take over the job as soon as possible.”

The school board is now searching for candidates interested in completing the final year of Thompson’s term.

Shannon Barnes, school board chairman, said Thompson’s replacement will remain on the board until the April 2019 election, at which time the candidate could opt to run for another three-year seat.

Barnes is asking anyone who is interested in serving on the board for the next year to submit a letter of interest.

She is hoping to have the newest member selected next month, which will provide the opportunity for the person selected to attend Merrimack High School’s graduation ceremony as the newest member of the board.

All letters of interest should be submitted by June 4, according to Barnes, who said the school board will interview the candidates and make a formal selection on June 12.

The candidate will be sworn into office that evening, and also will be able to participate in the board’s last meeting of the school year, Barnes said.

Letters of interest may be sent directly to the superintendent’s office, or emailed to Barnes at

“Thank you for all your support over the last two years. It has been an honor serving the Merrimack community,” Thompson said in his online statement.

In his resignation letter, he thanked school officials for continuing to work to strengthen the school district and community.

“We have loved our 15 years living in Merrimack and wish that we could stay,” he wrote.

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