LITTLE FALLS — Little Falls Board of Education member Bill Dodge has resigned from his position as he now lives in another part of the country part of the year.

District Superintendent Keith Levatino said the board accepted Dodge’s resignation "with regret" during a meeting Wednesday.

Dodge explained during a telephone interview Thursday why he submitted his resignation.

"Because we live in Florida … for half the year," he said, noting he is also retired from his position with the Little Falls Fire Department.

According to the city’s website, Dodge was serving as a second assistant chief.

Dodge, who served on the school board for more than 10 years, said if he can’t be present, then he would rather "give up the seat to someone who can."

"I certainly enjoyed my time on the board," he said. "I try to do the best I can and keep the kids in mind first, and the taxes and cost second. It’s hard to do, but I think it’s important."

Dodge had served as school board president for several years. During the board’s reorganization meeting in July, Anthony Giaquinto was appointed to the president position.

"He always wanted to give 110 percent and it’s difficult in retirement," said Levatino.

Levatino said the present board members approved the appointment of Frank Mendl to fill the vacancy left by Dodge. Christine Shepardson was absent.

"She did give an endorsement," said Levatino.

Levatino said Mendl doesn’t have any previous school board experience, but has been active in the community.

"He’s well-respected in the community and has expressed an interest in the board," he said.

According to Times Telegram archives, Mendl received the Little Falls Elk of the Year award.

Levatino said the board had a choice of leaving the position vacant or making an appointment. Mendl’s appointment will last until June.

Levatino said three commissioner seats will be up for election in May. The candidate to receive the third most votes will be appointed to filling out the rest of Dodge’s term which expires in June 2019. The candidates that receive the two top votes will be appointed to full three-year terms on the school board.