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Farson, Stoneman to lead Halifax County School Board

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Kim Farson was elected chairman of the Halifax County School Board during its January meeting Monday. Dick Stoneman will serve as vice chairman. / January 15, 2013
The Halifax County School Board has tapped ED-3 trustee Kim Farson to serve as chair for the coming year. Dick Stoneman was named vice-chair at the trustees’ meeting Monday night.

Nominated for the position by outgoing chairman Karen Hopkins, Farson was elected on a 7-1 vote with ED#8 trustee Walter Potts casting the lone opposing vote. Stoneman, who presents ED-7, was nominated for vice-chair by ED-5 trustee Roger Long, and also elected on a 7-1 vote. Potts cast the lone dissent.

Also, the School Board unanimously approved recommendations by School Superintendent Dr. Merle Herndon to name Robin Mahan as clerk and Joyce Townes as deputy clerk. The trustees also approved the superintendent’s recommendation to appoint Valdivia Marshall as its designee to attend School Board meetings in the absence of the superintendent.

Trustees also approved the same meeting schedule in place for the prior year, with sessions on the second Monday night of each month except in the case of a holiday (as in October).

However, after a lengthy discussion trustees on a 7-1 vote moved the meeting time up by an hour to 6 p.m. rather than the current 7 p.m. beginning.

Potts, arguing that the 6 p.m. opening was “too early,” moved for a 6:30 p.m. start, but his motion failed on a 5-3 vote.

In order to complete their annual reorganization, the Board unanimously voted to adopt Roberts Rules of Order to carry out their meetings.

Under special recognitions, Farson noted that Herndon had been chosen to be profiled in the winter quarterly edition the WEIV (Women Educators in Virginia) newsletter. She read from Herndon’s comments in the publication: “My mother taught primary grades for 42 years. I was blessed to attend a small elementary school in Gladys and had my mother as my first grade teacher. I never considered another career. My goal at a young age was to be a teacher and inspire others the way I had observed my mother making such a difference in students’ lives.”

Farson also recognized fellow board member, ED-6 trustee Fay Satterfield for her work in raising funds to bring The Wall That Heals to Halifax County.

Farson congratulated Satterfield for collecting the $5,000 honorarium that is needed to bring the half scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial located in Washington, D.C. to the community for public viewing for four days in April.

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I don't know Ms. Farson, but I do know Dick Stoneman will do a great job and be transparent on finances. Good luck Mr. Stoneman. Please run for supervisor next time!!!!!

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