Melissa Sytek

Melissa Sytek, left, was sworn in last week as a new Raymond School Board member to replace Maurice “Moe” Titcomb.

RAYMOND — The school board has appointed a new member to replace Maurice “Moe” Titcomb, who resigned under pressure in July after missing meetings.

Melissa Sytek was sworn in as Titcomb’s replacement last week and will serve out the rest of his term, which ends in March.

Sytek, a teacher in Allenstown, was one of three candidates who applied for the position and were interviewed by the board at its Aug. 28 meeting.

“I’m excited to take on this role with the school board, and am looking forward to being a part of thoughtful discussions about education in Raymond,” she said.

Titcomb quit the board after facing repeated calls for him to resign. School officials said he missed 10 of the 15 board meetings held this year before resigning.

Titcomb cited personal reasons for his decision to resign, which came a week after the board voted to pursue legal action to force him out. Because a board member is elected, a court order was the only option the board had to remove him.

School board chairman Joe Saulnier and other members had expressed frustration over Titcomb’s absences because they felt his constituents weren’t being represented.

Saulnier said he was pleased to welcome Sytek to the board.

“Her thoughts and ideas will be greatly appreciated over the upcoming busy budget season. Having a five-member board at our last meeting was a ray of fresh air and something we have not seen for six months,” he said.

Sytek has lived in Raymond for 21 years and has a child at Iber Holmes Gove Middle School and another at Raymond High School.

“Melissa has demonstrated a vested interest in our schools and in education, and it is wonderful that she stepped up and took on this position on the Raymond School Board. As an educator herself, I’m confident her experience and knowledge will be a valuable contribution to the board’s work this school year,” Superintendent Tina McCoy said.