STONINGTON — Chairwoman Alexa Garvey and Secretary Candace Anderson have resigned from the Board of Education, both citing personal reasons and the “divisive nature” of the board as major factors in their decision.

Garvey and Anderson submitted their letters of resignation to the remaining board members on Wednesday, effective immediately. During a special meeting Thursday night, the five remaining members chose Farouk Rajab as the board’s new chairman and appointed Alisa Morrison as the interim secretary.

The resignations come at a chaotic time for the Board Education, as members work to address challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic while also providing oversight and review of an independent investigation into how Stonington school officials handled sexual harassment complaints against former Stonington High School teacher Timothy Chokas.

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