Editor’s note: The story below corrects Turnage’s resignation date. We regret the error.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — The Director of Youngstown Parks and Recreation and member of the Youngstown School Board is headed to Columbus, but now the board must fill her seat.

Dawn Turnage announced her resignation at Tuesday’s Youngstown school board meeting.

The board now has to fill Turnage’s elected position. The board has 30 days from when Turnage’s resignation goes into effect on Sept. 12 to choose a candidate.

According to Justin Jennings, CEO of Youngstown City School District, there is an application and interview process. If the board can’t agree on a candidate, it will go to municipal court.

Her resignation from the city is effective Aug. 26.

“It was with all passion and respect that I sought out to become a board member,” says Turnage. “I do not have kids in the district neither did I ever have any children.”

Turnage has been a member of the school board since January. She says she’s grateful for the opportunity to serve the city of Youngstown in various ways.

“Assignment complete. It makes me feel like what I have accomplished, I’ve done it with the community right behind me, and I completed my assignment and I am ready to go on. My journey here has ended,” says Turnage.

Tiffany Patterson, the board president, became emotional as she said her goodbyes during the resignation. She says Turnage put her heart into everything she was involved in.

“She’s made a tremendous impact. And it shows how much she cares for our scholars,” says Patterson. “It’s going to be a great loss for not only the Youngstown school district, but for the city.”