EAST LIVERPOOL - As expected, James Herring on Monday resigned his position as superintendent of the city school district.
However, the night did not exactly follow the script. It took two votes.
The first motion by the board to accept Herring's resignation ended in a 2-2 tie, with Scott Dieringer and Janice Martin in favor and Larry Walton and Robert Estell against.
Board member Brian Allen arrived roughly 10 minutes into the meeting and missed voting on the motion entirely.
The board then went into executive session, returning 75 minutes later.
Estell motioned to reconsider the previous motion, which was accepted, and a second vote taken. Dieringer and Martin again voted to accept Herring's resignation and were joined by Allen and Estell.
Estell declined to comment on why he had changed his vote.
When asked to comment on the reason for his resignation, Herring said only that he felt it was time to part ways with the district.
"To quote scripture, Ecclesiastes 3:1 says there's a season, a time and a purpose for everything, and that's what it is basically. There's a purpose that's come up and I feel it's time to move on," Herring said. "I appreciate my years here, my grand kids come here, I graduated from here-it's been a great experience."
Herring's resignation is effective July 31.
The board also accepted the resignations of the following employees:
*LaCroft third-grade teacher Mary Teresa Todd, effective May 23. She has been with the district 28 years.
*Special education director Melanie Carfolo, effective March 14. She has been with the district two years.
*Intervention specialist Linda Sue Hales, effective July 4. She has been with the district 30 years.