South Williamsport School Board accepts resignation of 9-year member

The South Williamsport Area School Board unanimously accepted a letter of resignation from board member Susan Davenport Monday.

Davenport served on the school board for nine years, predating current school board president Chris Branton. After almost a decade serving the South Williamsport Area School District, Davenport has stepped away from her position on the board to spend more time with her family. Branton said he understands her decision to resign, yet is saddened to see her departure.

“She was a good board member. She always contributed, and we appreciated her input, and we’ll miss her,” Branton said.

Advertisements to apply for the now vacant position will be displayed within the week, and interviewing for the position will take place at the school board’s meeting on Jan. 21.

The Sylvan Dell partnership to purchase land behind the school’s soccer field also was discussed.

While the partnership has not yet been finalized, their aim is to purchase the 200 acres of land and convert the space into a nature preserve. The money for the initial purchase of the land has been approved, however the source of funds to maintain the land has not been confirmed.

According to Branton, multiple entities are attempting to combine their efforts to help secure the funds, including DuBoistown and South Williamsport boroughs and Armstrong Township.

While an estimate of $3,000 a year would be required of the school district to help maintain the land, that number is expected to rise with no estimate to the final cost being available.

The school board also acknowledged the success of a recent “Wellness Day” Friday for grades seventh through twelfth, organized by guidance counselor Emily Wagner.

30 individuals from the private sector, medical and social services and police met with students and gave them advice to maintain different aspects of their health, including emotional, financial, mental and physical. School board vice president Gregg Anthony expressed his appreciation for Wagner’s efforts as well as his happiness with the level of student engagement.

“The kids really enjoyed themselves, and it was great to see so many speakers engage with our students.”

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