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Scott County boards vote to retain chairmen

Wes Bunch • Jan 10, 2013 at 11:33 AM

GATE CITY — Both the Scott County School Board and Board of Supervisors chose to stick with their current chairmen this week as both bodies held their first meetings of the new year.

The boards also voted to set their meeting schedules and locations for 2013, with the Scott County BOS changing the date of its meetings and the School Board opting to make permanent its recent switch to a new location.

On Tuesday night, school board members unanimously re-elected James Kay Jessee to serve his fifth year as school board chairman. Board member Bill Quillen was elected to a second term as school board vice chairman on a unanimous vote.

Supervisors voted during their Wednesday morning meeting to make Danny Mann chairman for the second straight year.

Beryl E. Maness was also given unanimous backing as BOS vice chairman.

Mann said he appreciated the support of his fellow board members and the opportunity to serve as the board’s chairman for another year.

“It means a lot to me that they have enough confidence in me to do this again,” Mann said.

Jessee said he too appreciated his colleagues’ vote of confidence and looked forward to working with them to tackle the challenges facing the school system in 2013.

“Funding is going to be a major issue, as is looking at what we can do for the next calendar year,” Jessee said.

Jessee said school safety would also take a high priority in light of recent school shootings.

The BOS — which has met on the first Wednesday morning of each month for the past several years — will now hold its meetings on the first Tuesday of each month at 4:00 p.m.

The meetings will continue to be held in the Scott County Administrative Offices, 336 W. Water St., Gate City.

The Scott County School Board meetings will also be held on the first Tuesday of each month, but will instead begin at 6:30 p.m.

The school board also voted to hold all of its meetings for 2013 at the Scott County Career and Technical Center located at 387 Broadwater Ave. in Gate City.

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