Thursday, May 5, 2011

Jason Bingham resigns from Roanoke City School Board

Jason Bingham talks with Morrill and Price after announcing resignation.

This morning at the joint meeting with the Roanoke City School Board six-year member Jason Bingham announced to city council that he is resigning from the board. He will serve until a replacement is selected.

Bingham said that this school board and city council has “made one heck of a team.” He did not want to resign but business obligations require him to travel.

Later Bingham explained in an interview that his duties with Ingersol Rand (who purchased Trane) as district manager of Virginia have changed. He was assigned the national role of strategy for North America and most recently he was promoted to Vice President of the central territory covering 14 states.

He travels every week, which leaves no time to attend school board meetings.

City Attorney Bill Hackworth advised council that a written letter of resignation will have to be received before applications can be accepted. Bingham indicated that his resignation would be effective July 1.

Hackworth said that it first needs to be advertised and a tentative public hearing date would be June 6 with a decision by council either on June 20 or July 5.

Each council member gave Bingham credit for CCAP (Community College Access Program) which allows students graduating with a 2.0 average the ability to attend Virginia Western Community College free.

The CCAP is a public/private partnership that includes Roanoke City, Salem and Franklin County. It enables qualifying high school students continue their education in preparation for good, well-paying jobs within the region and/or transfer to a 4 year college.

Carson said “there are 86 kids at VWCC between last year and two years ago that are college graduates … that would not be the case without Jason Bingham.”

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Education, Politics, Roanoke City Politics, Roanoke City Public Schools

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