PENN TOWNSHIP The Penns Valley Area school board will be looking for a new member next month.
In a strange twist of events at the board meeting Wednesday night, longtime board member Jay Martin announced his resignation effective Sept. 1.
“I got so bummed out that I thought I couldn’t recover,” Martin told his fellow board members. “I feel that I now can’t commit myself.”
He said being a part of the board has been a second job for him that takes between 15 and 20 hours a week, which he paid for “professionally and family-wise.”
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“There’s a time to just step back and let someone else step in,” Martin said.
Martin has been on the board for seven years, and plans to spend more time with family and focus on his professional life, according to a letter he wrote to the board.
Superintendent Brian Griffith and board President Chris Houser said Martin was an asset to the board, but that they will interview for his replacement starting the second week of September.
“We’re going to advertise the position as soon as possible,” Houser said. “We don’t want to waste time.”
At Wednesday night’s meeting — in a 6-2 vote — the board also approved a construction project at Penns Valley Elementary and Intermediate School that will cost the district $142,450.
By next week, 1,750 bricks will be replaced at the section of the school that was the original Penns Valley Elementary School, Griffith said.
Due to years of rain and water damage, it compromised the brick on the outside of the building and caused spalling.
Spalling is created when water enters the brick and forces the surface to peel or flake off, said engineer Brian Chilton.
Griffith said “brick work” is something the district needs at its schools every year. He called it “normal maintenance.”
The project should be done by the end of October by Jones Masonry Restoration Corp, Griffith said.