Jennifer Gottlieb makes two.
Just before the Aug. 22 start of the school year, Gottlieb, a veteran member of the Broward School Board, notified Chairman Ben Williams that she is stepping down.
Gottlieb's departure came a day after freshman school board member Dave Thomas announced that he was leaving the board to focus on his wife's health issues.
While Gottlieb did not give a specific reason for her resignation, a formal letter of resignation will be forthcoming, Williams said in a phone interview.
"I was surprised that she was resigning, but we didn't go into detail, " Williams said.
Calls to Gottlieb's cellphone and home phone numbers were not returned Friday.
Though rumors of Gottlieb's resignation had been swirling around, especially after Thomas's announcement, many political insiders, education activists and those who serve on the board with her said Gottlieb's abrupt departure came as a surprise, especially because she just won another term on the board in a tight August 2010 race.
"That really floored me," said board member Ann Murray, when learning of Gottlieb's resignation. "She's done a great job. I've supported and admired her, and if this is based on what's in the best interest of her family, then I support her."
Gottlieb has come under sharp criticism in the past year. While never naming her directly, a state grand jury report released in February blasted her for pushing for the construction of the Beachside Montessori School Village in Hollywood.
The $25 million K-8 center had been championed by Gottlieb, who said it was a way to replicate the successes of a similar charter school in Fort Lauderdale.
But, the grand jury report dubbed the Hollywood project "beachside boondoggle" and blasted it as "a microcosm of everything that is wrong with the board and district."