At the start of the Anchorage School Board meeting on Monday, Starr Marsett, board president, announced that board member Bettye Davis, 80, has resigned.

In Davis' letter of resignation, she writes that her decision is because of her health and because she’d like to spend more time with her family.

ASD Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop said everyone on the board wants what's best for her. 

“She’s a long-standing senator and a contributor in our community not only in Anchorage but the state of Alaska," Bishop said. "She is well deserving of all the praise we can give her.”

Marsett echoed what Bishop said of the former board member. 

“We will certainly miss her. She has been an intricate part of this board and will be missed,” Marsett said.

Davis was serving her second term on the Anchorage School Board in Seat A -- which is set to run through April 2019.

The board will now make the vacancy public on the district's website Tuesday. The opening will be posted for 14 days then vetted by the Municipality of Anchorage.

The remaining candidates will meet with the school board on Saturday, October 20, where they will give a three-minute presentation and field questions from school board members. Those who receive four out of six votes get to move on to the next stage in the process.

The school board plans to honor Davis at the Oct. 22 meeting.

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