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July 18, 2018

7/10/2018 12:15:00 PM
Clemons Appointed Chair Of Covington City School Board
Eddy ClemonsSchool Board Chair

Eddy Clemons
School Board Chair

Local News Editor

Eddy Clemons is the new chairman of the Covington School Board.

Clemons was elected Monday as the board gathered to conduct its reorganizational meeting in conjunction with the regular monthly meeting for July.

Superintendent of Covington City Schools Melinda Snead-Johnson presided over the beginning of the meeting.

Also on Monday, the board welcomed its two newest members on board, Erika Hunter and Tonya Jones.

Hunter and Jones were appointed by Covington City Council in June. They replace Cindy Bennett and Nicole Kellison on the board. Each will serve a three-year term.

Snead-Johnson took nominations for the positions of chairperson, vice chairman, clerk and deputy clerk.

For the position of chairperson, the three returning school board members all received nominations.

When the voting came to name the new chairperson, it was Clemons who got the honor with three votes (himself, Erika Hunter and Tamala Preston).

Baker and Preston each received one vote from Jones and Baker, respectively.

The next position to be reorganized was vice chairperson.

The nominees for this position were Baker and Preston.

With three votes coming from Preston, Jones and Hunter, Baker was named the new vice chairman of the Covington City School Board.

Preston received two votes from Baker and Clemons.

Once the chairperson and vice chair slots were filled, Clemons then took over presiding the meeting from Snead-Johnson.

With Clemons presided over the meeting, Director of Finance Rebecca Irvine was unanimously approved to continue on as clerk, while Darlene Lambert, who serves as executive assistant to the superintendent/ deputy clerk and coordinator of human resources, was approved to continue as deputy clerk in Irvine’s absence.

The meeting date and time was set to stay on the same schedule, 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month.

Clemons, Baker and Preston were all tabbed to represent the Covington City School Board on the Jackson River Technical Center Joint Board of Control.

Preston also got the honor to represent the Covington City School Board on the Jackson River Governor’s School Board.

To conclude the meeting, during public comment, Jeter-Watson Intermediate School Principal Rob Bennett took time to speak.

“I’d like to say for those who have been given much, much is expected. Congrat-ulations, look forward to working with you all,” he said to the school board members.

Other agenda items that were approved Monday were:

— Virginia School Boards Association Code of Ethics;

— GEAR Up Virginia/ NSU Cyber Security Camp (Sunday, July 8, through Friday, July 13) at Norfolk State University.

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