Selbyville-area representative leaves IR school board

Date Published: 
December 1, 2017

The Indian River School District has a vacancy on the board this week. Douglas Hudson bid farewell to the Board of Education as he prepares to move to a new home outside his representative district, District 5, in the Selbyville area..

Hudson sent the board a letter of resignation, which Board President Charles Bireley read at the Nov. 27 board meeting.

“I appreciate the opportunities I have been given in my time on the board. I wish you and the board continued success in the future.”

District 5 covers the southwest corner of the district, including Selbyville, Gumboro and parts of Frankford.

Interested in serving the community, Hudson first ran for school board unopposed in 2011 and won his seat again in 2014 (the terms increased from three to five years during that time). With his interest in the school district and background in construction and with Delmarva Power, he said he wanted to serve, particularly for buildings and grounds.

“I got to meet a lot of teachers,” Hudson said of his six years on the board. “We have some of the greatest teachers and administrators in this district. I got to know them on a personal level. Everybody is just so dedicated to the education of the students.”

He said he’s proud of the district’s implementing full-day kindergarten and passing several referendums during his time in office.

On a personal note, Hudson said he was proud to issue a diploma to his youngest son at graduation. Hudson has seen three children through the district, and now his grandkids are working their way up, too.

“It’s a great school system,” he said.

As for the future school board, “I just hope they continue to build on what we have put in place. I think they’ve got a great foundation,” he said. “Of course, nothing’s perfect — this board, my hat’s off to ’em, they work together. Even if we don’t agree, we come out of there at the end of the night as friends. … They all do it for the interests of the kids.”

With his children grown, Hudson joked that he’s tired of cutting grass on a bigger property, so he’s happily downsizing to a new home near Clarksville.

“I’ve enjoyed meeting people in the district, and I hope I have served the public well, especially my district. I tried to be active with my people in the district.”

He said he hopes to continue public service in some capacity in the future.

The IRSD has begun advertising for a replacement to finish his term for the school year through June 30, 2018. Interested candidates should contact Board President Charles Bireley at (302) 539-9043 or 57lakers@mchsi.com. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 22. The seat would be up for general election again in the spring of 2018.