HOMER — Heritage Board of Education has a new board member.
Brian Pondenis, who was elected to a two-year term in April, resigned from the board in September.
Superintendent Tom Davis said Pondenis said his work schedule and workload changed significantly since he was elected, so he felt it was best to resign. "We appreciated his work while he was on the board," Davis said.
Robert Fitzgerald, who lives in Homer, was appointed to the board after three candidates were interviewed by the board and after a closed session to discuss the candidates.
Fitzgerald is a lieutenant with the Urbana Police Department. He has two children who attend Heritage High School and his wife, Shelley, is a secretary and the head of district transportation for Heritage.
"He had thought about running for the board before, and finally decided to act on that when this opening occurred," Davis said. "He will serve out the remainder of the two year term, so until April 2015."