By The Hays Daily News

Hays USD 489 Board of Education member Darren Schumacher has resigned from the board, effective immediately.

In the letter submitted to the board and shared with the USD 489 staff, Schumacher stated he was being relocated for his job. He previously was general manager of the Carlos O'Kelly's restaurant in Hays, which closed earlier this month.

Schumacher has served on the board since July of 2007. During his second term, Schumacher served as vice president of the board (2011-12 and 2013-14) as well as president during the 2012-13 year.

"I would like to thank the voters of USD 489 for giving me the high honor of representing you the past six years," Schumacher wrote in the letter. "To the teachers, staff, administrators and fellow board members, thank you for being the professionals that you are. While we did not agree on every issue, I believe we always put the needs of the students first."

The board of education officially will accept Schumacher's resignation at an upcoming meeting, then post notice of the vacant position. Once the notice is posted, there will be a 15-day period to apply for the open seat.

"It will be very difficult to replace Darren's leadership and experience on this board," Board President Greg Schwartz said in a statement. "Darren has made a significant sacrifice of his time and talents to USD 489."