Chester school board member quits post

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.

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."