Two reappointed to county school board

Published 8:25 am Wednesday, June 3, 2009

COURTLAND—Denise Bunn and Deborah Goodwyn were reappointed to four-year terms on the Southampton County School Board.

The three-member School Board Selection Commission of Southampton County — Robert Cumbey, Mark Hodges and Emerson Kitchen Sr. — announced Tuesday that Bunn and Goodwyn had been reappointed to the Newsoms District and at-large seats on the board, respectively. The candidates were unapposed.

The new terms will begin July 1 and end on June 30, 2013. The upcoming term will be Goodwyn’s fourth and Bunn’s second on the nine-member county school board.

Southampton is one of nine counties in Virginia, out of 95 total, that still have their school board members appointed, rather than elected by voters.

According to the state Board of Elections, the other eight counties are Accomack, Alleghany, Amherst, Greensville, Hanover, Northampton, Prince Edward and Richmond.

Most Virginia counties changed from appointed to elected school boards after the General Assembly enacted legislation in April 1992 permitting them to do so.

Under the appointment system, the local Circuit Court appoints three members to four-year terms on the selection commission. According to state law, commission members must be qualified voters who live within the county, and cannot be county or state officers or employed by the school board they will appoint.