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Eric Weiss resigns from Belchertown School Committee

Eric Weiss, a nine-year veteran of Belchertown School Committee, resigned from the position at a meeting this week. Weiss, currently vice chairman, cited increased responsibility at work as the reason for his resignation.

“It was time,” Weiss said in a telephone interview Thursday. “I love being on the school committee, but I was finding it increasingly difficult to balance work commitments and school committee meetings.”

Weiss, 53, is the sustainability director for the Hampshire Council of Governments in Northampton, where he works primarily in solar energy development for businesses and residents.

He is also administrator for the Hilltown Resource Management Cooperative, a recycling and waste management service in Williamsburg.

“I’ve taken on more responsibility at work,” says Weiss, “I have to attend a lot of meetings at night, and I just don’t think I can juggle everything.”

Weiss lives in Belchertown and has two children in the school system. He said he plans to stay involved in the schools and would serve again on committees if asked. Weiss is also the chairman of Jessica’s Boundless Playground, an initiative to create a handicapped-accessible playground across from the Chestnut Hill Community School. He says he will continue to be involved in that project even after he leaves the School Committee.

“I’m definitely interested in advocating for programs on behalf of the students,” says Weiss.

Weiss is resigning with one year left in his three-year term. According to School Committee Chairwoman Linda Tsoumas, the school committee and select board will work together to appoint someone to serve out the remainder of Weiss’s term after the resignation is effective July 1. A new school committee member will be elected at the town elections in May 2014.

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