BENNINGTON >> Bennington School District board member Genevieve Plunkett has announced that she is resigning from the board, effective immediately.
Plunkett informed board Chairman Ken Swierad of her decision via text message before Wednesday's meeting. She cited personal reasons for leaving. The board has not yet announced any plans to replace Plunkett. Vermont state statute gives the board the right to appoint a replacement who will serve until the next election, which in this case would be in November.
Board member George Sleeman made a motion to accept her resignation with regret.
"It's too bad," said Swierad, "She was very helpful, especially in interviewing for our new principal. She served as our clerk. We will miss her, and we wish her the best of luck."
A graduate of Mount Anthony Union High School and Bennington College, Plunkett was elected to the board in March 2015, when she ran unopposed for a seat vacated by Paul Becker. Her seat will come up for election again in March 2018, even if a replacement is selected by voters in November.
Plunkett is an aspiring writer, with several published short stories to her name. Since last September, Plunkett has published "Schematic," in Willow Springs, Issue 77, "Something For a Young Woman," in New England Review, Issue 36.3, and "Get Gregory Out," in Mud Season Review, Issue 12. "The Rodeo" appeared in June in The Massachusetts Review.
Telly Halkias profiled Plunkett for the Banner in March, writing, "Plunkett's talent has been captured, tried, and found gifted. Still, emerging young writers need time to develop, and this small-town author with big time talent is no different. But based on her stories so far, and since publishers are always looking for fresh voices, in the near future one of them just might give Genevieve Plunkett the keys to a cathedral."
The statute that regulates the appointment of board members upon the creation of a vacancy is Title 16, Chapter 9, Subchapter 1A, Section 424. It reads, "Within 30 days of the creation of the vacancy, the school board shall, by majority vote of those present and voting, appoint a qualified person to fill a vacancy in the town school board ... until an election at a special or annual meeting is held."
Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.