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New school board takes seats tonight



Staff Writer


The newly elected Lincoln County Board of Education is set to come together as a group for the first time, as three new members are sworn in this week.

Joining the board will be Cathy Davis, Tony Jenkins and Mark Mullen. Board member Ed Hatey, who won re-election, will also be sworn in to begin his second term.

The board will be also be reorganized this week, as members vote on a Chair, Vice-Chair and decide whether School Board Attorney David Black will remain in his position after 11 years.

Tonight, the new members will stand beside the rest of the board, taking their oaths as they are welcomed on board for the next four years. Jenkins, a former board member who will replace Dellinger, spoke with the Times-News recently about the need for transparency and honesty in the new board, stressing the importance of following the board’s Code of Ethics — another action to be considered by the members Wednesday as they come together as a group for the first time and sign the code.

Jenkins plans on learning from his previous terms with the board and reflecting on the time he has taken

Davis, executive director of the Cultural Center, who is also involved in a range of other local groups, is anxious to get the ball rolling and has engaged in conversations with other members about future plans and how to effectively work together to address county issues, she said.

Mullen first became interested in taking on a leadership role in the local school system when his child started Kindergarten, feeling as though the School Board should have at least one member with a child enrolled in the school system.

Other items to be discussed this week:

After the board chooses its leaders and legal counsel, they will take action on the Board of Education Curriculum Committee’s recommendation to approve the 2013-2014 High School Registration Guide.

Holly Skibo will be recognized as an Exceptional Children’s Teacher of Excellence.

The board and its new members will be brought up to speed with where Executive Director of Facilities Darrell Gettys and his team are with current construction projects.

The School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m., tonight, at its office, 353 N. Generals Blvd., and is open to the public. Prior to the meeting, at 5:15 p.m., the outgoing members will be recognized during a reception before the meeting kicks off later in the evening.


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