FREEPORT — Brenda Kielty has resigned her post on the RSU-5 school board, she confirmed Tuesday.

Kielty’s departure, announced to the superintendent and chair of the board in an email in late July, follows a decision to move to Portland, making her ineligible to serve. The district encompasses students from Freeport, Durham and Pownal.

“I wasn’t taking papers out (to run again),” said Kielty. “Then my living situation was changing and I wanted to give the town plenty of time to find a replacement for those last few months.”

The Freeport Town Council, which next meets Aug. 20, is responsible for selecting a temporary replacement before the seat can be filled in a regular upcoming election in November.

Kielty spent four years on the school board. In her professional life, she serves as the public access ombudsman in the Office of the Maine Attorney General, where she is responsible for mediating disputes about the release of public records before such matters reach the court system.

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