CHESTER -- A new job and its travel requirements have prompted a Chester school board member to resign his post.
John Davis' last day as a board member will be Monday, he said.
"My heart is in public education," said Davis, a Rhode Island native, who served as chairman during the 2005-2006 school year. "However, it's more than a part-time job. Someone else who has more time needs to participate."
Board Chairwoman Denise Lawson could not be reached for comment Saturday.
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Davis joined the board in 2002, when he ran unopposed for the District 2 seat in Great Falls. Davis divided his time between his family, the board and his job with Chemtrade Logistics. When the company closed in December, Davis took a post as a Charlotte electrical engineer, limiting his school board participation.
"My new job requires travel," he said. "My last assignment was for eight weeks in Pittsburgh. I was not able to attend the meetings or vote on action items. It's just not fair that I hold onto this position and not participate."
Board member Jim Stroman said he admired Davis' passion for education.
"He was a valuable asset to the board," Stroman said. "He had education at heart for the Chester County students. He will be sorely missed."