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Council to mull board seats

Monday, June 9, 2014

Martinsville City Council on Tuesday will appoint two people to three-year terms on the Martinsville School Board.

School board seats now held by Craig Dietrich and J.C. Richardson Jr. are to be filled. Dietrich is seeking reappointment; Richardson is not.

Four other people — Victor Correa, James Rountree, Sammy Redd and Bill Kirby — also have voiced to the council their interest in being appointed.

Kirby was not at the May 27 public hearing when the other aspirants voiced their interest and were interviewed. Councilman Mark Stroud spoke Kirby’s name, saying that Kirby had called him and asked to be considered.

Under state law, only people whom the council interviews or whose names are given during the hearing can be considered for the school board.

The council will meet in closed session at 6:30 p.m. to consult with legal counsel and consider possible board and commission appointments.

According to Mayor Kim Adkins and Vice Mayor Gene Teague, Kirby will be interviewed during the closed session. During the following open session at 7:30 p.m., the council will make the school board appointments.

Also during the open session, the council will consider taking part in the National Mayor’s Maker Challenge. That is an initiative to “promote locally driven efforts to convene inventors with innovative technology tools to drive progress” in areas such as manufacturing, engineering and industrial design, according to a report in the agenda packet.

The council also will:

• Hear an update on the work of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp.

• Learn about the kickoff of a campaign to revitalize the city’s west side, called “Be a Part of It.”

• Consider routine-type budget amendments, and

• Hear business from the floor.

The council meets in its chambers on the second floor of the municipal building on West Church Street uptown.


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