Without giving an explanation or even coming to the meeting, Williamsville School Board member Ralph J. Argen announced his resignation Tuesday night.
A letter dated Monday was hand-delivered to the district office just before the meeting. The single typed sentence read, "This is to inform the district I am immediately tendering my resignation as a member of the Williamsville Central School Board."
School Board President Sharon Harris-Ewing had no explanation for Argen's actions.
"I'm not about to speak for him," she said.
Argen did not answer his home or cellular phone. His wife answered the door of his Glen Eagle Court home while Argen sat in a living room chair. She said Argen wasn't speaking to anyone at the moment and would offer an explanation in a few days.
Argen, a physician, was first elected in 1998 when three taxpayer group-backed candidates swept the election. Since then they have been at odds with the majority, which was backed by the teachers union and PTA.
The taxpayer group movement suffered a major blow during the last election, when not one taxpayer-backed candidate won a seat on the School Board. All three teacher union- and PTA-backed candidates won.
Argen's announcement follows on the heels of School Board member William Paluch putting his home up for sale. Paluch also took his children out of the district schools because he said his oldest son was harassed for the positions he took against the teachers union and district spending.
Paluch was not at the meeting Tuesday night and no one answered calls at his home.
The last time a School Board member resigned was in 1996 when Barry A. Weinstein left the board to run for the County Legislature.
At that time, the board initially voted to work with eight members until the next regular election, but then changed its mind and appointed a ninth member.
The School Board will discuss at its Sept. 14 meeting whether to operate with eight members, hold a special election or appoint another member to the board.