Just as a new school year is beginning, the end has come for Walter Ejnes' tenure on the West Hempstead School Board.
Ejnes, who was mid-way through his second term on the board and had been re-appointed by his fellow trustees in early July to the position of president, submitted his letter of resignation Friday.
The decision to resign did not come as a surprise to the school board, administration and many residents who Ejnes spoke with in recent months about his plans to move in the very near future.
"Many in the community were already aware of the fact that I decided to relocate my company to Florida," Ejnes told Patch Sunday, indicating that the move was scheduled for Wednesday.
Ejnes is president of Continuing Education Company, which develops medical education programs for licensed physicians.
"The majority of our programs take place in the Southeast, so this move will greatly benefit my organization as well as my family as I will be able to reduce the amount of travel that I have experiencing recently," he explained.
Ejnes was first elected to the board in 2009 and then re-elected in May 2011. His daughter, Kelly, and son, Jake, graduated from West Hempstead High School in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
"I am grateful to have served the community and the district during the past five years," Ejnes stated. "I am confident that the board and our our excellent administration, led by Superintendent John Hogan, will continue to fulfill the district’s mission to ensure the success of each student based on the highest standards of excellence in education."
The West Hempstead school board will hold its September business meeting Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. According to the meeting agenda, they plan to elect a new president.