Jay Means has resigned from the Oklahoma City School Board to focus on his responsibilities as a middle school principal in Woodward, he said Friday.
Means left his job as a teacher and coach at Calumet Junior High School last month to become the new principal of Woodward Middle School. Woodward is about 140 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.
The veteran educator said at the time he would continue to serve on the school board until he completed his four-year term in February.
Means submitted his letter of resignation Friday to board Chairwoman Lynne Hardin and Oklahoma City Public Schools Interim Superintendent Dave Lopez.
“At first, I did not entertain the idea of leaving the board,” Means wrote in the letter. “But after the many hours that I have already put in with my new position, it is clear that I cannot be an effective board member and an effective educator with the many miles away from southwest Oklahoma City.”
The Oklahoma City resident was elected to the school board in February 2011. He represented District 6 on the city’s southwest side.
“The board applauds Mr. Means for his service to the students and families in District 6,” Hardin said in a statement. “He has been a dedicated public servant and supporter of education before and during his tenure as a board member.”
The school board is expected to accept the resignation and declare a vacancy. The board has 60 days to appoint a replacement to serve through February. If no one is appointed within the allotted time, there will be a special election to fill the position.
Means previously worked as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Oklahoma City district.