One name not on the Manchester ballot today is that of at-large school board member Rich Girard.

That is a big loss for the city’s taxpayers and schools.

We can understand Girard wanting to step aside. He has been actively involved in city politics and governance for many years and the physical and mental toll are no doubt wearing. Plus, he has a family and a business to support.

Girard leads the school board’s contract negotiations team and has done very well with his fellow members in holding firm on what the city can and cannot afford.

We thought he showed great calm and political skill when Mayor Joyce Craig attempted to curry more favor with the teachers’ union by dumping the board team in favor of the new school superintendent. The latter, diplomatically, suggested it was a bad idea.

Girard will stay with the negotiations for the rest of his term. We wish him the best.