Merrimack School Board member resigns

MERRIMACK – With a year left in his term, Michael Thompson resigned as a member of the Merrimack School Board, citing personal reasons and a planned family move out of town.

“Even though it is not 100 percent certain that we will move and we have not sold our house, I felt it was best to step aside from the position to allow a member of the community to take over the job as soon as possible,” Thompson stated via Facebook.

Fellow board members accepted Thompson’s resignation at their most recent meeting.

Shannon Barnes, board chair, said she appreciated Thompson’s consideration for the timeliness of his resignation. If the board acts quickly, she said, it is possible that a replacement member will be able to start in time for the board’s June meeting.

Unlike Nashua, which conducted a special election nearly four months after longtime board member Robert Hallowell suddenly resigned in November, Merrimack’s process seems to be much simpler.

Those interested in filling the vacant seat should send a letter of intent to Barnes by June 4. From there, members will select candidates, conduct interviews and ultimately select the new member.

Thompson, a Merrimack resident of 13 years, thanked residents for their support during the last two years.

“It has been an honor serving the Merrimack community,” he said.

Letters of intent can be sent to Barnes at or to 36 McElwain St., Merrimack, NH 03054.

Hannah LaClaire can be reached at 594-1243 or