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Former Auburn school board president accepts job as tech teacher in district

Former Auburn Enlarged City School District Board Member Joseph Sheppard has accepted a new job.

He will join the Auburn school district as a technology teacher.

Officials say that’s why Sheppard resigned from his post unexpectedly last month. While the reason wasn’t clear at the time – after accepting the position, which had long been vacant – the logic was clear.

Sheppard applied for the job immediately after the board meeting where he announced his resignation. “We were all pretty shocked to hear the news,” Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo told The Citizen about the resignation announcement.

Sheppard had taught in the Union Springs school district for the last two years. Officials said after that he’d had his eye on teaching in the district for some time.

Before resigning Sheppard had a successful tenure as Vice President, then president of the school board. He was re-elected to a three year term in 2020.

The school board has not yet determined how to move forward with the vacancy, or how to fill it.