Mac Watters, the Downing-town Area School District's Director of Elementary Education, announced his retirement at a recent school board meeting."The district will soon be losing one of its most treasured and valuable assets," said Superintendent Sandra Griffin, reading from a prepared statement. "Dr. Mac Watters has decided to retire next week and is looking forward to spending more time with his family and friends."

Watters began his teaching career in central Pennsylvania in the early 1970s, according to Griffin. After working at other districts, he began his tenure at DASD in 1990 when he became principal of Lionville Elementary School. He served in that position until he became the district's director of elementary education.

"For over 18 years, Mac has been diligent in his work to provide an exceptional education to the children of this district," Griffin said. "He will be sorely missed by all who know him and have learned from him."

Bob Clegg, the principal at West Bradford Elementary School, said he was saddened about Watters' retirement.

"Your position will be filled, but you'll never be replaced,"

Clegg said to Watters.

School board members thanked Watters for his work in the district.

"I assure you the whole board wishes you well on your retirement," school board President Bob Eldredge said.

And Watters thanked everyone for their comments about his departure.

"I feel privileged to have worked among great people," Watters said.

Griffin also recently announced that she plans to retire from DASD at the end of the school year.

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