NORTH ATTLEBORO — School committee member Adam Scanlon says he will resign Friday in order to be sworn in as a town councilor on Monday.
Scanlon was one of nine people elected June 18 to the first town council in North Attleboro’s history. Effective Monday, the council will fill the role that had been performed by representative town meeting.
Scanlon, 22, cannot serve on both the school board and town council under the town’s newly adopted charter.
He said he enjoyed his time on the school committee and believes the schools have turned in the right direction, but added he is also looking forward to serving on the council.
As a councilor, he said, he will continue to advocate for the schools.
The charter provides for a vacancy on an elected town board to be filled by the highest vote-getter who didn’t win.
In this case, that is Talia Yourell, who finished third in a race for two school committee seats. She could not be reached for comment.
Scanlon is actually resigning before the new charter takes effect, but it is unclear if that would impact the succession process.
Previously, vacancies were filled by a joint vote of selectmen and the remaining members of the board with the vacancy.
Meanwhile, selectman Keith Lapointe, who came in first for town council, will be council president, in accordance with the charter.
As such, he said he was scheduling a swearing-in ceremony in the lobby of town hall for 6 p.m. Monday and a meeting for 6:30.
The council will meet in the same room set aside for the board of selectmen, which was eliminated by the charter.
Town Administrator Michael Gallagher said the room has to be revamped, with a different layout and more chairs and tables.
He also said the seven microphones used for selectmen’s meetings will be replaced by 12 wireless microphones at a cost of $26,000.
Selectmen, whose last meeting is Thursday, approved the expenditure last week.