Sarah Fisher and Shanna Martin co presidents of the Newport Teacher’s Union questioned Newport’s School Board last night over Christine Downing’s resignation. School Board Chair Leo Paquin replied that” Christine Downing was a beacon someone teachers could look to when principals were leaving, superintendents were leaving,” but it was his understanding she was leaving to take a promotion. Paquin then asked Downing about her resignation and she said she would rather talk about it in a non public session. Downing later read a letter of resignation and the board accepted it with deep regrets. Christine Downing is currently the Coordinator of Educational Improvement at Newport High School. Her last day is Oct. 25.