Friday, January 13, 2017
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on the nominations of General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense and Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State after participating in their confirmation hearings this week:
“I will support the nomination of General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense. In his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday, he demonstrated a clear-eyed view of our current national security environment and a deep appreciation for the challenges facing U.S. servicemembers and their families. I believe he is well-prepar
School Board with Legislators and City Council
After much gnashing of teeth and consultation with the city attorney Dan Callaghan Roanoke City Council decided that the replacement of school board chairman Dave Carson will be advertised and applications taken until May 3 and reviewed by council on May 6. Carson has been appointed to the 23rd District Circuit Court and will take the bench July 1. His resignation is effective June 12, the day after RCPS graduations.
Mayor Bowers announced that two of the six applicants had withdrawn.
Monday’s council meeting agenda had already advertised that the four remaining applicants would be interviewed. Susan Moore who has reapplied for the school board was at a conference in California and was expected to participate by phone.
The process disruption and the timing of Carson’s resignation created some confusion on how to proceed. It was a situation council had not faced before. They decided to gave the applicants the option of opting out of the interviews until May 20. Citizen public comments would again be heard at the evening meeting on the same day.
Annette Lewis, current board member and attorney Mary Beth Nash decided to take their interviews at the April 15 council meeting. That pushed the 2:00 p.m. council meeting until 6:45 p.m. leaving only a few minutes before the beginning of the 7:00 p.m. public hearing meeting. Charles Meidlinger another applicant opted to wait until May 20.
All three waited several hours as the 2:00 p.m. council meeting dragged on way past their 4:00 p.m. public interviews. At the 7:00 p.m. meeting 6 speakers advocated for the 4 applicants. School Board Vice Chair Todd Putney advocated for the reappointment of the current trustees Annette Lewis and Susan Moore.
Council after decided to readvertise for applicants on all three school board openings that including filling the unexpired term of Mr. Carson. The four applicants will also be able to apply for Carson’s vacancy.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Education, Roanoke City Public Schools
Tags: Roanoke City Public Schools, school_board