RH, Ironton boards of education reorganize

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 7, 2004

A new face is at the helm of the Rock Hill Board of Education.

Another new school board member is making his imprint on the board's monthly meeting agenda. As for the Ironton City Schools, two familiar faces have simply traded places.

The Rock Hill board voted unanimously Tuesday night to give the board president's chair to newcomer Loretta Sites. Sites was elected to her first term on the board in November, along with fellow newcomer Paul R. Johnson. Board member Wanda Jenkins was chosen vice president.

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By a 4-1 vote, the board approved Johnson's resolution that future board meeting agendas specify old business and new business. Johnson said after the meeting that he just wanted to see the board's agendas conform to board policy and be a little more organized. Currently, agendas simply list items by number and do not specify if issues to be discussed are new issues or were discussed at previous meetings. New business and old business items are not separated into categories.

"This is from my days in Little League," Johnson said. "We also had this in our agendas and this is in our (the school board's) policies."

When the matter first came up for discussion, board member Jackie Harris said the board was

already taking care of old business and new business. In the end, however, she voted for the proposal, though board member Troy Hardy did not, saying he didn't understand the resolution.

The Rock Hill board will meet in regular session

7 p.m. Jan. 15 at the high school. The February and March regular meetings will be on the second Thursday of each month.

At the Ironton Board of Education meeting, members Teresa Parker and Robert Pleasant traded seats. Pleasant took the president's position, while Parker was chosen vice-president. Pleasant, who was reelected to the board in November, was sworn in for his new term, along with newcomers Kathy Kratzenberg and Tim Johnson.

The Ironton School board will meet in regular session at 5 p.m. Jan. 27. In February, the board meeting will be at 5 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month.

State law requires school boards to have organizational meetings early in January for the purpose of swearing in new members, electing officers, setting the board meeting schedule and other organizational business.