School Board Appreciation and Officer Elections

January is School Board Appreciation month.  It is also the month for the board to elect new officers.  Both were accomplished at the monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Mayor Johnny Cox presented a proclamation.  He said, “Local school board members are committed to children and committed to the belief that all can be successful learners.  The board works closely with parents, educational professionals and others to create a community of learning.  We really want to thank you.  You deserve it and should be rewarded way beyond this.”

Superintendent Alison Strong echoed the Mayor’s proclamation, “Too often, we neglect to recognize the dedication and hard work of these men and women who represent us on the board.  I invite you (the public) to celebrate the work of your school board through a kind comment, a note, or other kind gesture.  Let them know you appreciate what they do for the students.”

Strong recognized each board member individually for their years of service.  The longest serving board member is Gene Longino, representing District 1 since 1985.  That is 37 years on the board.  Next was Cleve Miller in District 4 who has served 31 years since 1991.  Kasandria White has represented District 5 since 2002 or 20 years.  Richard Cannon has served since 2003 or 19 years from District 2.  Valerie Cox was elected in 2007 and has represented District 6 for 15 years.  The newest board members are Gary Giddens from District 3 and Susan Taylor from District 7.  They were elected in 2015 and have served 7 years.

Also at the meeting new board officers were elected.  Outgoing Board President Gary Giddens said, “I have enjoyed it.  It has been a learning experience, serving as President, and I had a good time.”

The new officers for 2022 are President Susan Taylor and Vice President Valerie Cox.  Taylor and Cox took their oath of office from Superintendent Alison Strong.  And all board members signed their code of ethics statements for the year.


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