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School Board to name 2013 chair, vice-chair

SoVaNow.com / January 14, 2013
The Halifax County School Board will hold its annual organizational meeting tonight beginning at 7 p.m. in the second floor public meeting room of the Mary Bethune Complex.

Trustees will elect a chair and vice chair to preside over meetings in the coming year, and appoint a clerk, deputy clerk and a designee to attend board meetings in the absence of the superintendent.

Karen Hopkins currently serves as School Board chair. Kim Farson is vice-chair.

The trustees also are expected to approve meeting dates and times for 2013. Meetings are now held at 7 p.m. on the second Monday night of the month unless that date is a holiday. Trustees are also expected to adopt Roberts Rules of Order for their meetings.

In other action, South Boston Elementary Principal Sue Bagbey is expected to make a presentation on ongoing activities at her school.

Nancy Zirkle will present trustees with a set of guidelines and procedures for out-of-zone enrollment applications for next year’s school session. With a large number of students attending out-of-zone schools, trustees have been taking a hard look at whether the transfers have resulted in some of the schools having to hire extra teachers, while other schools have low class sizes.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Merle Herndon will bring a revision to the Reduction in Professional Staff Work Force for board approval.

Trustees are also expected to appoint two of their members, Roger Long and Dick Stoneman, to a finance committee to assist Herndon and finance director Jay Camp in drafting the upcoming school year budget.

Also, maintenance director Larry Roller will bring his proposed capital improvements plan to the board for approval.

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