Andrew Melin

CLARK COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) -- The Greater Clark County Schools board has officially accepted the resignation of Superintendent Andrew Melin.

The board accepted Melin's resignation on a 5-2 vote during a meeting on Monday morning that was held at the Greater Clark Central office. Melin's resignation is effective Jan. 2.

He called Monday's action "a very difficult time" for him.

"I greatly valued my time as superintendent of the Greater Clark County Schools and want to continue in that capacity," Melin told the board. "However, it is my understanding that the new incoming board may desire to go in a different direction in terms of leadership of the district."

SeveralĀ board members were emotional over the decision. Nancy Kraft, a longtime board member who is leaving the board, called Melin's resignation "a shame" and the result of "a very negative" school board election cycle this year.

"I guess he didn't want to work in that atmosphere," Kraft told reporters after the meeting. "I'm not sure I would have either, but someone else is out there just waiting for him to walk out the door, I guarantee that."

"I envy whoever's going to get him, and that won't be long I'm sure," she added.

Melin has served as superintendent for the district since 2012. He came under fire for closing old schools and pushing construction of a new one, even after voters rejected tax hike on a school bond.

Community leaders broke ground on that new school just a few weeks ago.

His resignation comes as several new school board members take office next month.

Bill Hawkins, who is among those taking seats on the board, said the incoming board wants to see the district's administration solicit more input from the community before moving ahead with projects and initiatives.

"I don't know that we couldn't have done that before, but perhaps Dr. Melin felt that it wouldn't be in his management style to be able to do that," Hawkins said after Monday's meeting.

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