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District Five school board member Keith Watson (left), who announced his resignation Tuesday, with Superintendent David Daigneault.

Staff Writer

   A long-time Grenada School Board member stepped down Tuesday, and the board agreed to accept the results of a stellar financial audit.
   District Five Member Keith Watson, who has served on the Grenada School Board for a decade, tendered his resignation.
   “After much thought and consideration, I have come to the conclusion that I am unwilling to serve an additional nine months,” said Watson, in his departing remarks.
   Watson was elected to a second, five-year term in 2009. In 2012, the state legislature passed a law which said that school board elections were to be held in November rather than in March. Watson chose to abide by the statues under which he was elected, and not to serve the interim between March and November.
   “I feel that I have fulfilled my commitment to the citizens of District Five,” said an emotional Watson. “I have attempted to hold myself to a high standard, no matter if the vote was unpopular.”
   Watson also had departing advice for his replacement.
   “You can’t weigh the facts if you’ve got the scales weighed down with your own opinions,” said Watson.
   Grenada Superintendent Dr. David Daigneault had high praise for Watson.
   “He’s been an exemplary board member. He was informed, asked intelligent, probing questions and knew when to have a laugh,” said Daignealut. “Keith exemplified the best characteristics that we hope to have in a board member. He’ll be missed,” Daigneault said.
   The Grenada School Board has the authority to appoint someone to fulfill Watson’s unexpired term, Daigneault said.
   “I can’t be sure, at this point, whether or not they’ll exercise their power to do that,” said Daigneault.
   Some resolution should be achieved at the next board meeting, scheduled for April 8 at 6:30 p.m., Daigneault said.
For the full story, see the online edition or the printed edition of the GrenadaStar.

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