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July 18, 2018

7/10/2018 5:00:00 PM
Tucker Reappointed Chairman of Alleghany School Board
Randy TuckerReappointed Chair

Randy Tucker
Reappointed Chair

State Editor

LOW MOOR  — Randy Tucker was re-elected chairman of the Alleghany County School Board Monday.

Tucker, the Falling Spring District representative on the board, was re-elected by a 4-3 vote.

Boiling Springs representative Jacob Wright received the three minority votes.

Jennifer Seckner, the Sharon District representative on the board, was elected vice chairwoman after two rounds of voting.

The board deadlocked at 3-3 between Seckner and Covington District representative Gerald Franson on the first vote after Wright abstained from voting.

Seckner was elected vice chairwoman 5-1 on the second vote, with Wright again abstaining.

Franson had served as vice chairman for the past year.

“It provides a little diversity on our school board,” said Clifton Forge West representative Donnie Kern, who nominated Seckner to be vice chairwoman.

Monday was Kern’s first meeting as the board’s Clifton Forge West represenatative.

He was appointed in June by the Alleghany County Board of Supervisors.

Tucker has served as chairman of the school board for the past four years. He was reappointed in June by the board of supervisors to a four-year term.

Seckner was also appointed to a four-year term by the county. She was initially appointed to the Sharon District seat two years ago to fill an unexpired term.

Tucker, Franson, Wright and Craig Lane (Jackson River District) were appointed Monday to the Jackson River Technical Center Joint Board of Control.

For the past two years, appointments to the JRTC board have been a contentious issue. Wright had unsuccessfully sought appointment to the board the past two years.

“I haven’t forgotten the past two years. I am sorry that politics got in the way of me being on the [JRTC] board,” Wright said.

Even though Wright was not on the JRTC board the past two years, he remained highly involved in supporting programs at the facility, which is jointly operated with Covington schools.

Wright was involved in supporting Alleghany High School graduate Hannah Wolfe while she competed in state and national welding competitions.

Wolfe competed in the state-level Skills USA welding competition and was allowed to advance to the national competition after Wright and local school officials protested the results of the state competition.

In the national competition in late June, Wolfe finished 16th. She competed in the Skills USA college competition for welders. The competition was held in Louisville, Ky.

“That is a major accomplishment and something we should be proud of,” Wright said.

Wright made note of his wooden name plaque at Monday’s meeting. The rest of the board has metal name plaques.

Wright said his walnut plaque signified how he has matured as a school board member.

“I have gone from being bitter when I first came on the board because Boiling Spring Elementary School had closed,” he said.

However, Wright said as he matured as a board member, he began seeing his role on the school board as looking out for the interests of the entire county.

“But like a walnut, if you neglect me I’ll be a permanent stain on your driveway,” he said.

In response to Wright’s remarks, Tucker said, “Your plaque is just a name tag to me whether it’s walnut or metal.”

In other business Monday, the school board:

— Approved a meeting calendar for the 2018-2019 school year.

— Received a report on student retention.

— Appointed Danielle Morgan (Clifton Forge East representative) to the Jackson River Governor’s School Executive Committee.

— Appointed Tucker as voting delegate to the Virginia School Boards Association’s annual convention. Seckner will serve as alternate.

— Recognized Darrell Gleason of the Virginian Review and Jerry Clark of the Alleghany Journal for being named to the VSBA News Media Honor Roll. 

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