PRUNTYTOWN—On Tuesday, the Taylor County Board of Education inducted a new president.
The meeting started with the acceptance of President Austin Upton’s resignation as board president. After the board members reviewed and accepted his resignation, they nominated candidates for the position.
The first nomination was for Vice President Clark Sinclair, by Upton. The second nomination was made by board member Douglas Flohr for Patrick Tucker.
After the nominations closed, the board members voted. Superintendent Christy Miller counted the votes and announced that Sinclair received two votes and Tucker received three.
Upton asked Tucker if he would accept the position and reported to him that it would be a one-year term effective until June 30, 2020. Tucker happily accepted the position.
After, Tucker expressed that becoming Board President was definitely an honor.
19th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Shawn Nines was present at the meeting to administer the oath of office.
Tucker recited, “I, Patrick Tucker, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of West Virginia, and that I will faithfully discharge my duties as a president of the Taylor County Board of Education to the best of my skill and judgement, so help me God.”
After taking the oath, Nines congratulated Tucker on his new position.
Tucker expressed that he is very humbled and blessed to have this opportunity.
“As I follow on the heels of not only a great person but also a well-known teacher and coach, I would like to Thank Mr. Upton for all his hard work and dedication,” he voiced.
He shared that since he has served on the board, Mr. Upton has been the president, and he is honored to follow his direction.
“As we prepare to begin the 2019-2020 school year, I would like to thank each employee for all they do each day for Taylor County Schools,” Tucker added. “Please keep in mind that there is a lot of moving parts to make it happen every day, and without each employee it could not be done.”
He reported that as goals are set for the year, their most important goal is the safety of the children. The board is constantly focusing on this area and how to make it safer for all.
“As school starts on Monday, August 26, 2019. I ask that you please watch for our buses and children,” Tucker voiced.
From the staff here at the Mountain Statesman, we would like to congratulate Mr. Tucker on his nomination and swearing in as Taylor County Board of Education President.