Just weeks into the new term, Chapel Hill will soon have a new member on its town council.
Rachel Schaevitz, member of the Chapel Hill Town Council since 2017, announced she would be resigning her seat and moving to New Zealand in a press release on Monday.
According to the release, Schaevitz and her husband “plan to pursue a unique professional opportunity and give their children a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
“We always wanted to live abroad while our kids were young,” Schaevitz said in an email. “They are five and seven now, and a professional opportunity came up quite quickly that allowed us to live and work in Auckland, New Zealand and so we made the decision to go in time for the kids to start the New Zealand school year in February. We look forward to learning about a new culture and country and tackling the challenge of living abroad together as a family.”
Apart from her work on the council, Schaevitz works as a postdoctoral fellow for Carolina Public Humanities. Schaevitz came to the Council in 2017 among a wave of candidates endorsed by CHALT.