Hamden BOE member Siobhan Carter-David resigns

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HAMDEN — Board of Education member Siobhan Carter-David stepped down last week, citing the taxing local political climate.

Carter-David wrote in her resignation letter submitted on Aug. 8 that “people are far too often willfully misunderstood and then treated unkindly or unfairly” from those misunderstandings in the Board of Education and the larger Hamden political landscape.

“Elected officials are expected to operate in shifting and confusing alliances, which makes heartfelt discourse and collaboration difficult,” Carter-David wrote.

“While I do understand that a certain amount of tension and combativeness is reasonable and should be expected in a climate where people representing various interests are forced to compete, not only for limited resources but also for control over the prevailing local culture, I do not have the energy or desire to participate in politics in this manner,” she continued.

Carter-David wasn’t immediately available to comment Monday.

Melissa Kaplan, chair of the BOE, said she fully supported Carter-David’s resignation, and she thanked her for the service following receiving the resignation letter.

“While I am terribly saddened to hear that you no longer wish to serve on the BOE, I respect your decision and understand your value and appreciate the knowledge, experience, integrity, and passion that you brought to the BOE,” Kaplan wrote to Carter-David. “Although your time was brief, our schools truly benefited from your service — especially as the curriculum chair.”

Carter-David is a history professor at Southern Connecticut State University who was elected to her first term at the BOE in 2021.

She ran on promoting diversity in the school district, implementing a restorative justice program and replacing student resource officers with behavioral health professionals.

Hamden Democratic Town Committee is currently seeking candidates to fill the vacancy to finish Carter-David’s remaining four-year term.

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