Midlothian ISD's board of trustees accepted the resignation of superintendent Jerome Stewart on Monday night.

"The board district thank him for his years of service," said board president Todd Hemphill. "He has provided the district with many years of positive service."

Stewart made the decision to resign from the district, Hemphill said.

Stewart was not present at the meeting, but he will be a special consultant to the board through January 31, according to a joint release by Stewart and the board.

The news comes after at least three months of debate, litigation threats and a peaceful protest regarding two religious plaques on the walls of two elementary school.

Stewart's resignation has nothing to do with the religious plaques or the new high school, which opened this year, Hemphill said.

"The board and Dr. Stewart have entered into the agreement believing it is in their respective best interests and in the best interests of the District," stated a press release from the district.

The board voted to name Judy Walling, assistant superintendent for learning, the acting superintendent while the board searches for a new superintendent, district spokeswoman Jana Pongratz said.

Stewart could not immediately be reached for comment.