Elgin Area School District U-46 board member Frank Napolitano resigned Friday morning because he and his wife are moving to Bloomingdale, outside the district's boundaries.
His wife's company moved to Lincolnshire several months ago and the longer commute has been taxing on her and the family, said Napolitano, who was elected to a four-year term in April 2013.
Napolitano, 40, said the family will start moving Saturday to their new home six miles east.
His wife's workday commute will be reduced up to 20 minutes each way, which will make a big difference in terms of quality of life, he said.
"You're talking three hours a week, 12 to 14 hours a month," Napolitano said. "That's time you can't get back over the course of the year. And in winter, it's even longer."
Napolitano said he works mostly from home in his sales role for Altura Communications Solutions based in Downers Grove.
The move will also help alleviate issues related to his children's day care, Napolitano said. "A lot of times we have to race there," he said.
Napolitano, a former village board member, said he's done with public office for now.
"I ran because I felt there was a need and I felt I could contribute, both for village board and the school board," he said. "It's kind of nice to take some time off from doing that."
According to U-46 school board policy, the board is required to appoint someone to fill Napolitano's seat through the April 2015 election.