BY JOHN THOMPSON, Johnson City Press
ELIZABETHTON — Rita Booher was unanimously elected to serve another term as chairwoman of the Elizabethton Board of Education. Phil Isaacs was unanimously elected to serve as vice chairman of the board.
This was the first meeting of the new school board in which Eddie Pless and Danny O”Quinn were members. They were elected in the Nov. 6 municipal election, defeating sitting board members Tyler Fleming and Susan Peters.
The election of officers was the first item taken up during Tuesday night’s meeting. O”Quinn led off by nominating Dr. Gover May to be chairman. May, one of the region’s leading obstetricians, declined the nomination, saying he was “overcommitted.”
May said he is involved in several boards and committees and said “it would be a disservice to the school system at this point.” May then nominated Booher to lead the board and said “she has been doing a great job.”
There were no other nominations for either chairman or vice chairman.
The board recognized three students of Elizabethton High School’s aviation program for recently soloing. The students are Lucas Holly, Tanner Marshall and Karson Dillard. Dillard is the grandson Al Rice, who assists instructor Dan Mills with the program.
Chris Berry, principal of T.A. Dugger Junior High, gave a presentation on the school.
In a light agenda, Director of Schools Corey Gardenhour asked the board to consider a time to hold a planning and visioning meeting. He said work was also going to be done on the capital improvement plan.
Gardenhour said the high school is searching for a large rock that could be used for student expression.
The board also heard a letter written by Elizabethton Band Director Perry Elliott, who thanked the board for its support in such appearances as marching with the Pride of the Southland Band at Neyland Stadium at the University of Tennessee; the Magic Music Days parade at Walt Disney World; and the Tennessee Division II state championship.
“I want to thank Dr. Corey Gardenhour for his unwavering support of the instrumental music program. He has made it his personal goal to help fund this program. In a time of shrinking budgets and changing priorities, he has made a difference.”
He said, “I look forward to working with our new school board and hope that you will find the band program and the students deserving of your continued support.”