Emily Parker and Yvonne Givens have been appointed by the Martinsville City Council to fill two openings on the Martinsville City School Board.

They were sworn in on Wednesday, and the board meeting on Aug. 12 will be their first.

They replace Eric Hruza, whose term had expired, and Joan Montgomery, who has moved out of the school district.

City school board members are appointed by the City Council. Candidates stated their interest at or before the June 11 city council meeting.

Hruza, Dr. Mary Ruth Reynolds and Tony Jones also had applied for the openings. City council members interviewed the candidates on June 25 and July 9.

Donna Dillard, Tonya Jones and Sammy Redd remain on the board.

“I’m really excited,” Parker said. “It’s a great team.”

She said she plans to “continue on the same positive path” the school system has been on for the past few years, including having all schools accredited and having “great performance and great education for students.”

Said Givens: “I’m very excited, and I look forward to working with the city schools in a new capacity. The first level of business will be mostly just to keep the course: stay accredited and et cetera.”

She said she looks forward to “an informal briefing with the chairman,” Dillard, to learn about the issues and procedures.

Parker has been a lawyer and a teacher.

She is a graduate of Smith College and Emory School of Law. She practiced law in Eden, N.C., in 1978-98 and has lived with her family in Martinsville since 2001.

She said she stopped practicing law to raise her family and then taught at various levels, ranging from kindergarten through community college.

Givens has both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Radford University. She was a teacher in Martinsville schools for 21 years, and she also has taught GED classes.

Since she stopped teaching, she has been volunteering, including as past president of the Martinsville City Schools Endowment Board.

Holly Kozelsky is a writer for the Martinsville Bulletin; contact her at 276-638-8801 ext. 243.

Holly Kozelsky is a writer for the Martinsville Bulletin; contact her at 276-638-8801 ext. 243.

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