Danbury Board of Education chairman Sandy Steichen and vice chair Shirley Chilian resigned abruptly from the 11-member board at the end of the group’s bimonthly meeting Wednesday.
Board members and school officials were shocked by the news.
Chilian said after the meeting she had waited until after the November municipal election to see if the board would have new members.
Three incumbents were returned to the board along with two newcomers, so Chilian said she decided to find another place to volunteer.
Chilian and Steichen were among four board members who voted unsuccessfully not to renew the superintendent’s contract in June and among six who prevailed not to give him a raise.
Chilian, a Democrat, and Steichen, a Republican, served on the board for two years.