Union County school board vice chairwoman Marcella Savage resigns from State Board of Education

Marcella Savage resigned from the State Board of Education last week, referring obliquely in an email to the controversy she’s facing in her home county of Union.

Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Savage to the state board in 2013. She is also vice chairwoman of the Union County Board of Education.

Last week, the Union board released its review of her expenses and said it found 29 problems. Among those alleged problems was mileage reimbursement submitted to both the state and the county for attending the same event. In a November board meeting in Union, Savage apologized for submitting mileage to both.

Savage told the Observer in an interview that she had done nothing wrong.

Last Wednesday, the day after the Union board discussed its findings, Savage sent an email to McCrory and State Board Chairman Bill Cobey saying she did not want to be a distraction.

She wrote: “I would like to thank you for the opportunity to serve on the State Board of Education. Given the current issue, I do not want to be a distraction to the board and their service to the students of this state. Therefore, I am submitting my resignation.” Lynn Bonner, The (Raleigh) News and Observer