The Vice President of the Rochester Area School Board has resigned from office.
Aaron M. Brant was first appointed to office in 2011, and was elected to the position later that same year. Brant could not be reached for comment, but School Board President Marian Acon told the Beaver Countian that he resigned after taking a job outside of the area.
“My understanding is he has had a promotion with his job and has taken a position outside of Rochester,” Acon said. “We have tentative plans to fill that position,” she added, declining to provide any additional information about the empty seat. Acon denied rumors circulating through the district that Brant had been living outside of the area for some time. “He is still living at an address in the district, on Clay Street, he still has that address.”
The Beaver Countian has confirmed that the address listed on Aaron Brant’s nominating petitions, 429 Clay Street, Rochester, belongs to his parents, James and Valerie Brant. Brant still has the Clay Street address listed on his voter registration, according to the Beaver County Bureau of Elections.
Brant’s resignation leaves just three elected members on the Rochester School Board, with the other five members having all been appointed to their seats.
Aaron Brant first made news back in April of 2011, when as a student he addressed the School Board in protest of the school’s efforts to censor the student newspaper. Brant subsequently began a run for school board while still a student at the district, and faced disciplinary action after administrators demanded he stop talking about his campaign between classes. The ACLU of Pennsylvania threatened to sue the school district following a Beaver Countian report about the incidents, and the school abruptly conceded their position.