MORA, N.M.—The superintendent of the Mora Independent School District in New Mexico has resigned.

School board chairman Arthur Romero said he received Thomas Garcia's resignation letter late Monday.

Garcia had been selected for the school district's top post less than 2 1/2 years ago.

The Las Vegas Optic (http://bit.ly/Q23c92) says Garcia's resignation follows an overwhelming no-confidence vote against him from school employees.

The newspaper says there also was a protracted and nasty battle with many of the district's parents and students over the suspension of the popular music teacher and dwindling support from the Mora community.

Garcia is a New Mexico legislator whose term in the state House runs through the end of this year. He tried to switch to the state Senate, but lost in the Democratic primary.

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Information from: Las Vegas Optic, http://www.lasvegasoptic.com