ED-8 trustee Walter Potts will finish out 2019 as vice-chairman of the Halifax County School Board.

He was elected to fill the position in a 5 to 2 roll call vote when the board met Monday night at Clays Mill Elementary School.

ED-5 trustee Freddie Edmunds nominated Potts to fill the position, and during the roll call vote, ED-6 trustee Todd Moser and ED-7 trustee Monty Lowery voted no.

“It was nothing against Mr. Potts. I have a lot of respect for him, but I preferred we had waited until the first of the year to elect a vice chairman,” said Moser.

When asked his reasoning for voting no, Lowery said, “I’d rather not comment at this time.”

The decision to fill the seat or not fill the seat is solely up to the board, according to Dr. Mark Lineburg, school superintendent.

He explained the board could have waited until their reorganization meeting in January.

The seat became vacant following the sudden and unexpected resignation of former ED-4 trustee Joe Gasperini in August.

At that time, Gasperini cited a lack of public inclusion in the decision-making process involving whether to rebuild or renovate the high school.

“They’re not letting the public make a decision…the public should know what they’re voting on,” said Gasperini of the upcoming November ballot referendum.

Gasperini added he hopes the referendum passes, and he hopes a new high school is built.

The November referendum offers voters the chance to decide whether or not to implement a general retail sales tax not to exceed 1% to provide revenue solely for capital projects for construction or renovation of schools in Halifax County.

When Gasperini stepped down at the August school board meeting, then vice-chairman and ED-3 trustee Sandra Garner-Coleman became chairman leaving the vice-chairman position vacant until Monday evening.

Potts has served on the board since 2007 and is seeking re-election when his term expires in December. He is running unopposed.

Ashley Hodge reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com

Ashley Hodge is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com