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School board seat open in city

Monday, May 27, 2013

Want to serve on the Martinsville School Board? Here’s your chance.

Martinsville City Council on Tuesday will hold a public hearing to receive and interview city residents interested in a school board seat being vacated.

That seat now is held by Chairman Bill Manning, who has served three consecutive three-year terms and is ineligible for reappointment.

The school board will elect a new chairman after the new member joins the panel effective July 1. The new member will serve through June 30, 2016.

In many places, including Henry County, voters elect school board members. But all members of Martinsville’s school board are appointed by the council.

Under state law, only people whose names are submitted during the public hearing can be interviewed and considered for the seat. People can express interest on behalf of themselves, or a council member can announce that a person has expressed interest.

The hearing will be held when the council meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the municipal building on West Church Street uptown.

School board appointments legally cannot be made until at least seven days after the hearing. Therefore, the council will further consider the vacancy at its next regular meeting on June 11.

Another item on the council’s agenda for Tuesday is recognizing city employees who will receive longevity of service awards through June 30.

Human Resources Director Donna O’Dell will be recognized for 40 years of service. Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Phillips will be honored for 35 years of service.

Ronald Nance of the utility billing department and Jimmy Blankenship of the electric department will be recognized for 25 years of service. Jackie Dillard of the city sheriff’s office and Steve Burgess of the wastewater treatment plant will be honored for 20 years of service.

Tim Agee of the electric department will be recognized for 15 years of service. Kenith Shumate of the fire department will be recognized for 10 years of service. Krystal Davis of the sheriff’s office and Danny Cole and Ronnie Gammons, both of the public works department, will be recognized for five years of service.

Other agenda items will include:

• Considering final approval of the city’s proposed budget for the new fiscal year that will start July 1.

• Considering an ordinance amendment related to the city’s tax on prepared foods and beverages.

• Considering a proposed change in the Martinsville Transportation Safety Commission’s bylaws.

• Considering routine-type budget amendments.

• Hearing business from the floor.

• Meeting in closed session to consult with legal counsel and consider potential board and commission appointments.


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