Donahue resigned in August when his daughter was under consideration and hired as a school teacher in the district. State nepotism guidelines prevent school board members from maintaining seats in districts where direct relatives are employees. He also is currently working as an interim principal at Brigantine Middle School.
Donahue, 65, was re-elected to his second three-year term in April 2011. The retired principal of Ocean City Primary School worked more than 35 years as an educator in the school system.
In recognizing Donahue on Wednesday, Superintendent Kathleen Taylor listed his achievements as a member of several board subcommittees and noted his tireless advocacy for Ocean City as a School Choice district.
Taylor said Donahue's advice to new board members was the same as his guiding principle as an educator and board member: "Think children first."
Seven candidates are running in the November election to complete the final year of his term:
- Dale F. Braun Jr.
- Holly A. Buck
- Michael D. Foster
- Daniel J. McGinley
- David E. Powell
- Michaela Walsh
- Jon D. Batastini