DARIEN — Five-year Board of Education member Sarah Schneider-Zuro has resigned from her role as of Sept. 3, according to a letter sent to Republican Town Committee Chairman Brent Hayes and board chairman Michael Harman.

Zuro wrote, “I am now pursuing other career based activities that will soon have an impact on my ability to fully serve the community with the same amount of time and commitment that I have been able to give this role for the past five years.”

Hayes said he spoke to Zuro but that she did not elaborate more on what “career based activities” she would be pursuing.

“She was very gracious. I think she’s a terrific individual and she’s donated so much of her time. I think the school system is better off for her having served the past five years,” Hayes said.

Zuro did her undergrad at Oberlin College before attending teacher’s college at Columbia University, earning a masters in education. She taught for a time at Bedford Village Elementary School and served in an administrative role in the Ossining School District, in New York. Prior to serving on the Board of Education, Zuro was a member of the PTO and the Council for Darien School Parents.

“I want to thank the members of the RTC for their tremendous support and guidance through the years and i wish all of dDarien’s school children and their families a fantastic school year,” Zuro said.

Hayes announced on Friday that Debra Ritchie, an eight-year member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), had been endorsed by the RTC to fill Zuro’s. During her time on the RTM, served as the Vice Chairman of the Finance and Budget Committee and Chairman of the Education Budget Committee.

“Deb is a hard worker, smart, articulate and has a deep understanding of the school budget. She will bring a complimentary skill-set to the existing Board with her extensive financial background,” Hayes said.

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