GRAND LEDGE, Mich. (WLNS) — The Grand Ledge School Board accepted Superintendent Dr. Marcus Davenport’s resignation on Friday.

The board’s approval comes just a week after the district announced Dr. Marcus Davenport’s resignation due to health issues he’s currently been facing. The board voted on his resignation earlier Friday morning.

A statement put out to the district last Thursday said that the health issue he’s currently facing is serious.

Due to Davenport’s condition, he requested that the Board of Education waive the 90-day resignation notice required in his contract so he’s able to better focus on his health.

“The board would like to offer our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to Dr. Davenport, and recognize his accomplishments. He has worked tirelessly during his one-year tenure to hold our district to the highest academic standards while also navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and focusing on engaging a diverse community of stakeholders in long-term strategic planning to keep our students and greater community on the path toward success,” Jon Shiflett, president of the Grand Ledge Public Schools Board of Education.  

Friday’s board meeting discussed his request along with a plan for the district moving forward.

The board also discussed appointing current Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bill Barnes as acting Superintendent.

Officials say they are thankful for the year Davenport helped out the district, with it being such a challenging time following the pandemic.

Staff members say his enthusiasm and energy made him such an important leader.