James Lytle steps down as Bethlehem Board of Education president

He also said he is proud being a part of making the school more open and the decision to move to full-day kindergarten.

"We've made the school district a lot more transparent than it used to be and much more engaging for the community's residents," Lytle said. "I was also a believer in full-day kindergarten. I thought it was time for the district to move in that direction and I'm proud that we were able to do."

Lytle pointed to an open superintendent process and online budgets and teacher contracts as examples of a more open board.

At his last meeting, on June 17, vice president James Dering thanked him for his service.

"It has been a sincere pleasure serving on the board with Jim," Dering said. "Few people realize the extent of the time and other commitments of being on the board, and Jim set the bar high in terms of his service to the district. Jim's leadership has been outstanding and he will be missed."

Lytle said the overall experience has been a positive one.

"I have no regrets. It was a great experience, and I believe in some ways it's a much more rewarding experience than many people suspect," said Lytle.


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