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Citing health, Stoneman gives up seat

SoVaNow.com / February 16, 2017
Halifax County trustee Dick Stoneman, who represents ED-7 on the school board, submitted his resignation Monday night effective the next day.

In a handwritten note to fellow board members, Stoneman said “because of personal and health issues I feel I can no longer put forth the energy and time required to be an effective board member. I hope in a small way I have been an asset to the board.”

Trustees voted to accept the letter, giving a Feb. 14, resignation date, on a 6-0 vote. Freddie Edmunds was absent from the meeting.

Stoneman told fellow members that it “has been an honor to know and work with each of you.”

On Tuesday, the Central Office announced the process for naming a new member to take Stoneman’s place. The selection must take place within 45 days of his resignation.

The process requires that persons interested in being appointed to the seat must be qualified voters residing in Election District 7.

People who vote at the Hyco, Midway and Virgilina precincts are eligible to seek the position.

In order to be considered, candidates must submit a completed interest form and résumé to Robin Mahan, Clerk of the Board, no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, March 10. Statement of interest forms may be obtained at the School Board Office, 1030 Mary Bethune Street, Halifax, or by calling the office at (434) 476-2171 extension 3120 or by downloading the document from the school system’s website at http://www.halifax.k12.va.us.

School Board members anticipate they will review applications for the position and schedule a meeting of the full board at a later date to interview selected candidates.

State law requires the School Board to make an interim appointment within 45 days.

The person appointed by the School Board will serve until a special election is held in November. The winner of the special election will serve the remainder of the term until Dec. 31, 2019.

Should the person appointed by the School Board wish to run in the special election, he or she must qualify for the ballot using the normal petition and signature process.

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