Warrensburg Central School Board of Education member James Carrion has resigned from the policy-making panel.
At the WCS school board meeting held Aug. 8, President Dean Moore announced that a letter of resignation had been received from Carrion. The letter cited personal and medical reasons for his resignation.
Carrion had served on the school board for about 26 months of his elected five-year term.
His resignation was accepted by the board by a unanimous vote, except for an abstention by Laura Danna.
Prior to the announcement, two local residents, Al Smith and Mike Currie said they’d heard that Carrion had made inappropriate derogatory comments several weeks ago to town officials during a visit to the Warrensburg Town Hall.
Smith and Currie asked the board to take action against Carrion for the incident, but Moore responded that the board now has to focus on bigger problems and “move on.“
In replacing Carrion for the remainder of his term, Superintendent of Schools Tim Lawson stated that the board had three options — the board could make an appointment, the district superintendent could select the new member, or a special election could be held.
The board chose the latter option.
Carrion’s tenure on the board was punctuated with controversy. In October, he had criticized the leadership of then-president John MicGlire, who had sought a code of conduct for board members, specifically to prohibit verbal attacks on other board members, using a cell phone during a board meeting, voicing profanities at other board members and other behavior deemed offensive. The discussion between Carrion and MicGlire became contentious and loud.
Weeks later, Carrion filed a complaint with the state Commissioner of Education accusing MicGlire of misconduct and requesting that he be removed as president.
The request was dismissed in June by the state.
At the Aug. 8 board meeting, Lawson said a special election will be held soon and that citizens residing in the Warrensburg School District seeking the open seat on the school board are welcome to pick up an application at the high school office.