HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — Ten-year Hamilton Township Board of Education member Kim Melton announced at the end of the board meeting Tuesday, Nov. 21 that she will vacate her seat Dec. 31. 

“It was a great experience to serve on the board for the last ten years,” said Melton, who is the current board vice president.

“I have work-related demands that make it difficult to continue. However, I plan to continue to serve the community in other ways.”

Her fellow board members expressed surprise and disappointment after the announcement.

“We served together through three contract negotiations,” board member Barbara Kupp said. “You are a friend of education and know a lot about our community.”

“You are an asset to the community,” board member Greg Ciambrone said. “You do so much.”

Board President Eric Aiken, whose term is up at the end of the year, said he and Melton served together "through the ups and downs when we weathered a lot of storms.” 

“There have been long hours for sure, but you always gave 110 percent as an advocate for our students. We will miss you,” he said.

The school board has advertised the vacancy in the media and on its website, hamiltonschools.org, and will interview candidates who express an interest in filling the vacancy. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11.

Aiken, who lost his re-election bid when he finished in fourth place for the three open seats on Election Day, plans to apply to return to the board.

“I have submitted my letter of interest and references,” he said. “My heart is still in it.”

Harry Rogers, who also ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the board in November, said he is considering applying for the seat.

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