The board of directors of Pine Bluff Lighthouse Charter School accepted the resignation of board president the Rev. R.J. Lightsey during a brief meeting Tuesday night.

The board of directors of Pine Bluff Lighthouse Charter School accepted the resignation of board president the Rev. R.J. Lightsey during a brief meeting Tuesday night.

Lightsey said he had accepted a position with Tyson Foods near Charlotte, N.C., as a chaplain for a plant there.

“There’s about 1,500 employees at the plant and they’ve never had a chaplain before,” Lightsey said. “Plus, it will give us a chance to get back to the east coast where there’s family.”

A motion by board member the Rev. Walter Van Zandt Windsor to commend Lightsey for his service to the board passed unanimously.

To replace Lightsey, the board voted to name Clarence Davis as the new president.

“R.J. came to see me one day and told me he wanted me to go somewhere with him,” Davis said before the vote. “He said I want you to go see a school. We went to Jacksonville to the Lighthouse school up there and when I got into the hallway and saw the children, I was sold on the concept. After the tour was over, I said we had to have that type of school in Pine Bluff.”

In other matters, principal Brad Burl reported attendance for the month has been averaging 95 percent, and there are currently 160 students, that are called scholars by the school, currently enrolled.

Because of the Christmas holidays, the board set their next meeting for Dec. 15 at 6 p.m.