NEWARK — Trustee Gary Stadler, accused by critics of chasing away a popular and effective superintendent, has resigned from the school board.

Stadler announced his decision after a Tuesday night meeting in which several speakers lambasted the school board for chasing away Superintendent Dave Marken, credited by many for reviving the struggling district.

"After last night's board meeting, I have done some soul searching and effective immediately I'm resigning from the Newark Unified School Board," Stadler said today in a written statement.

"There have been times that I haven't been the best school board member I could have been, and for this I humbly apologize. The community has spoken and the staff has spoken and I have listened, so I will resign effective immediately."

Marken resigned in late May amid public accusations that Stadler's and other board members' micromanagement chased him away.

At meetings since, dozens of speakers have criticized board members and urged them to keep Marken, honored this year as East Bay superintendent of the year.

Stadler is leaving a week after fellow trustee Charlie Mensinger announced he will not seek re-election in November. Both school board members have been targets of the community outcry. Marken's last day on the job was Friday.

Contact Chris De Benedetti at 510-353-7011. Follow him at Twitter.com/cdebenedetti.



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