Fayette County Board of Education Chairwoman Becky Sagan is resigning effective immediately because she and her husband are buying a home outside District 5, which she represents.
Sagan said Wednesday she has notified state Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, who will have 90 days to name a successor to hold the 5th District seat until the fall 2011 election.
Sagan's resignation also means that vice chairman John Price, who represents District 3, will become school board chairman.
Sagan said she and her husband, Ken, were not looking for a new home but saw an opportunity to move to the same street where her mother and father live. She said she couldn't pass up a chance to be closer to her parents.
"It's an opportunity for me to be within walking distance of my aging parents and allow me to spend more time with them, which I am happy to be able to do," Sagan said in a prepared statement.
Sagan, a former teacher, was elected to the school board in November 2004 to represent District 5 but was appointed to the seat early because it was vacant at the time. She was elected to a full four-year term in 2008 and has been chairwoman for two years.
Fayette Schools Superintendent Stu Silberman called Sagan "a phenomenal board member" with a "deep understanding of what was needed for our kids."
"Her passion for doing the right things for our students shined through during her entire term of service," Silberman said. "She will be deeply missed."