There will be an empty chair at the school board's table when it meets Tuesday.
Delinda "Dee Dee" Owens sent a letter of resignation, dated Jan. 3, to schools director Roy Dukes. A copy was delivered to the county mayor's office Wednesday.
"Due to obligations to my family, school and work," Owens says in her letter, "I feel that I am unable to give the kids, teachers, staff, and my constituents the dedication needed."
In a telephone conversation Wednesday, Owens confirmed that the position on the school board was more time consuming "than what I thought at first."
Owens has three children still in the Marshall County school system, and she is going back to college to earn her degree.
She was chairman of the school board's budget committee.
"I assume Donnie Moses will be taking that over," Owens said of the committee chairmanship.
As to who will replace her on the board, Owens said she hadn't thought about that at all, but added, "I hope it's someone with children in the system who will think about the children and not the other stuff."
A notice from County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett has announced that registered voters in the 4th District who want to succeed Owens on the school board should submit letters of application to his office by Feb. 11, or appear at the County Commission meeting on Feb. 28 and ask the clerk to include their name on the list of applicants.
County commissioners, therefore, would intend to appoint someone to fill Owens' seat on the school board at their Feb. 28 meeting. The new board member would make his or her first appearance at the school board's March meeting. The individual to be appointed by commissioners would remain on the school board until the general election in August 2012.
Names of people are being circulated in private conversations as potential successors for Owens' seat on the board. They include former Cornersville and county officials.