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Peabody resigns from MCS board

By Dan Hust
MONTICELLO — November 2, 2010 — Following through on a promise she made in August, Monticello Central School Board member Jo-Ann Peabody tendered her resignation at the October 19 regular board meeting.
It is effective November 4 and reflects the fact that Peabody’s family has moved to North Carolina, so she is dividing her time between there and her home in White Lake.
Her board service during and after the relocation caused some controversy in the district, but Peabody said she didn’t want to depart the board until after the Syracuse University audit report was finished.
“I leave with a heavy heart,” she read from her resignation letter on October 19. “I have learned a tremendous number of things about our school district, the people in our community and myself.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with you and the rest of my board colleagues,” she wrote, addressing that remark to Board President Susan Purcell.
“My wish is that you will realize our goals of truth, real transparency, competent administrative leadership and the academic success of this district.
“You still have a long road ahead of you all, but I know that your grasp of the bigger picture, respect for all people in our district and attention to what is said and what is true will help you to be successful.”
Though it was one of her last board meetings as a member, Peabody continued to push for audio and possibly videotaping of all board gatherings. Her colleagues indicated audio recording may happen shortly.
Afterwards, Peabody earned a standing ovation from the audience and board.
“We wish you well, Jo-Ann,” said Purcell. “And we appreciate your time and dedication to this board.”

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