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Fraley, Moser to lead School Board in 2021 / January 14, 2021
After a brief run of deadlocked votes, the Halifax County School Board settled on a chair and vice-chair for the coming year: ED-1 trustee Kathy Fraley in the lead role, with outgoing chairman Todd Moser of ED-6 serving as vice chair.

The outcome came after four-member blocs on the eight-member School Board hit a brief impasse on the choice of chair and vice-chair, only to see trustees bow out of the running to maintain a sense of group unity.

The first tie vote came on the choice of a board chair. Sandra Garner Coleman nominated Fraley for the position, seconded by Walter Potts, while Roy Keith Lloyd nominated Moser, seconded by Keith McDowell. The vote was 4-4, with Fraley, Coleman, Potts and Freddie Edmunds voting together, offset by the group of Moser, Lloyd, McDowell and Jay Camp.

The nominations of both Fraley and Moser failed on the tie vote.

A second round of nominations appeared to point towards another tie vote, but Moser, the 2020 board chairman, said “I’m not about to sit here and have this board go through something it should not go through.” He stepped aside, casting his vote for Fraley, and her nomination succeeded this time on a 6-2 vote, with Moser and Camp moving over to the majority. Lloyd and McDowell voted no.

The question then turned to the vice-chairmanship, and this time it fell on the holdover vice chair, Sandra Coleman, to step aside. The first round of nominations went to Coleman and Moser, with each candidacy drawing four votes, not enough for a majority.

Coleman, citing the example set by Moser, said, “It’s okay that I not be vice-chairman.” In the second round of voting, she cast her vote for Moser as vice-chair, joined by Edmunds to make the final outcome 6-2. Fraley and Potts voted in the minority.

Taking the chairman’s gavel, Fraley emphasized that she has no personal beef with Moser and praised his work as board chairman. “This is not reflective of your leadership this past year,” she said to the new vice-chairman. “I have watched, I have listened and I have learned. And I’m sure I’ll be coming to you for help.”

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