School board

ED-6 Trustee Todd Moser and ED-3 Trustee Sandra Garner-Coleman take their new seats as chairman and vice-chair at Halifax County School Board’s monthly meeting Monday evening.

Halifax County School Board members breezed through reorganizing for the new year when they met Monday evening and unanimously elected a new chair and vice chair.

ED-6 Trustee Todd Moser was elected as chairman, and ED-3 Trustee Sandra Garner-Coleman was elected as vice chair.

Garner-Coleman nominated Moser for the position, and ED-2 Trustee Roy Keith Lloyd seconded the motion.

ED-5 Trustee Freddie Edmunds nominated Garner-Coleman for vice-chair, which was seconded by ED-4 Trustee Jay Camp.

No other nominations were made for either position.

Both nominations passed with a 7 to 0 vote with ED-8 Trustee Walter Potts absent from the meeting.

After taking their new seats Moser thanked everyone for having the confidence in him being chairman.

“I look forward to working with each and every one of you,” he added.

“I look forward to working with the teachers and principals. If there’s anything I can do at any time, please give me a call. Come see me. I will be happy to do whatever I can for any of you. We have a big agenda for this year. We’re going to start off running. We’re going to work strong with the county board of supervisors, and we’re going to see if we can’t come up with a solution that’s going to benefit the community, the children and everybody in this county.”

The board also unanimously approved the following:

• Appointed Robin Mahan as clerk of the board and Joyce A. Townes as deputy clerk;

• Appointed assistant superintendent Valdivia Hall to serve as the designee to attend school board meetings in absence of the superintendent;

• Set the school board meeting dates and times for the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. rotating from the public meeting room at the Mary Bethune Office Complex to local schools with the next meeting being held on Feb. 10 at Halifax County High School;

• Adopted Robert’s Rules as rules of order; and

• Signed the Virginia School Board Association Code of Conduct.

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