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School board seats filled
Martinsville City Council on Tuesday filled two seats on the city school board. The council reappointed Craig Dietrich to his Martinsville School Board seat and chose Victor Correa to fill the seat being vacated by J.C. Richardson Jr., who did not seek reappointment. (Bulletin photo by Mickey Powell)
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer
Martinsville City Council on Tuesday filled two seats on the city school board with an incumbent and a newcomer.
The council reappointed Craig Dietrich to his Martinsville School Board seat and chose Victor Correa to fill the seat being vacated by J.C. Richardson Jr., who did not seek reappointment.
Dietrich and Correa will serve three-year terms beginning July 1.
Along with them, three other people — James Rountree, Sammy Redd and Bill Kirby — voiced to the council their interest in being appointed.
Each of the men underwent a private interview with council members.
Unlike in some localities, including Henry County, where school board members are elected by voters, Martinsville School Board members are appointed by the council.
Correa, an area manager for CenturyLink, said he sought a school board seat because “I have a strong desire to be part of the success of the Martinsville School System.”
He noted that he has two sons in the city schools.
Dietrich, a Martinsville dentist, said he sought reappointment because “I think I still have something to contribute to the board.”
In the past three years, Dietrich said, “we’ve done great things, and we’re doing great things.” Examples he mentioned include developing partnerships with local businesses and partnering with the New College Institute to teach high school students engineering and technology skills.
He said he has no personal agenda for his next term. However, he said he would like to help the schools overcome their financial challenges.
Also, he said he encourages parents and teachers to work together to help students — especially those at Albert Harris Elementary School, which has a lot of impoverished pupils — understand the value of a good education in improving their socioeconomic situations.
All five school board aspirants were “extremely well qualified,” said Mayor Kim Adkins
Following the closed session, the council also reappointed:
• Lance Heater to the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. Board. He will serve a three-year term.
• Mark Crabtree and Joe Keiper to the city’s Arts and Cultural Committee. They will serve three-year terms.
• Eddie White to the Patrick Henry Community College Board. He will serve a four-year term.
More city council actions will be detailed in the Martinsville Bulletin on Thursday.