1-20-2015 Public Hearing


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January 20, 2015 – 6:00 p.m.
Gleason Forum Hall - Clifton Middle School, Covington, Virginia


The Alleghany County School Board held a public hearing on January 20, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Gleason Forum Hall at Clifton Middle School, Covington, Virginia.


PRESENT: William W. Angle; Robert A. Fridley; Amber D. Kerns; Norman L. Persinger, Jr. Benjamin J. Truett, Vice Chairman; Randall S. Tucker, Chairman; and Jacob L. Wright. Also present: Mary Jane Mutispaugh, Acting Superintendent/Director of Instruction, and Lorie C. Bess, Clerk.




Chairman Tucker called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. The call to order was followed by a moment of silence and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Chairman Tucker reminded everyone the survey regarding qualifications of the new superintendent are available on the school website until 9:00 p.m. and hard copies were also available at the meeting.


Chairman Tucker declared the public hearing open. He asked citizens who wished to address the Board, to use the signup sheet and that names would be called upon in the order they were received.



Chairman Tucker stated the following guidelines for the public hearing:

1. Citizens wishing to speak should list their name and address on the sign-up sheet.

2. There is a 3 minute time limit for individual comments.

3. Speakers are to provide a copy of their remarks to the Clerk.

4. All comments should be directed to the Board as a whole, and not to individual members.

5. Board members are not expected to respond to questions or comments.


Nancy Bradley (1403-A Potts Creek Road, Covington, Va.) stated she would recommend a superintendent that brings our schools into this century of technology. She noted many other school divisions allow students to use iPAD’s and iPhones in class, but we do not. She also suggested hiring a superintendent that isn’t five years away from retirement. She stated the superintendent should be innovative, exciting, and able to boost the morale in the division.


Jamie Huffman (407 Jackson Drive, Covington, Va.) stated he would recommend a superintendent that is proactive, not afraid to make changes when needed, and not “buying their time” until retirement. He added he hopes the new superintendent fully supports Career and Technical Education (CTE) because we are a “construction town”.


Robert Umstead (345 Roxbury Street, Clifton Forge, Va.) stated he wants a leader that focuses on education and someone that can talk to teachers instead of just telling them what to do. He stated he would like a team player that leads by example. He said the new superintendent should be a good listener, have a vision for new ideas, be supportive, and show appreciation to what teachers do each day.


Toni Jackson (215 Mountain Lake Drive, Covington, Va.) expressed concern that joint school talks may affect the search for a superintendent.


Amy Dew (1135 Grace Avenue, Clifton Forge, Va.) recommended the new superintendent be fair, a people person, a good listener, and well versed in the field of technology.


Nancy Moga (205 Woodbrook Drive, Covington, Va.) stated she is confident the Board will find the “right fit” when selecting the new superintendent.


Josh Craft (213 Heatherton Drive, Covington, Va.) recommended the new superintendent be a risk-taker and open-minded to new ideas.


Valerie Humphreys (1108 Cherokee Trail, Covington, Va.) recommended the new superintendent be hired from the outside, so we can have a fresh set of eyes and fresh ideas.


Karen Swortzel (399 Indian Ridge Road, Greenville, Va.) stated she is hoping for a superintendent that will challenge us all to be better.


Cindy Morgan (3606 Dunlap Creek Road, Covington, Va.) stated she would like a superintendent that is out and about, a visitor, and will always put the students first.


Brenda Siple (102 Dickson Place, Clifton Forge, Va.) stated being a principal can be a lonely job and she recommends the new superintendent be supportive, a good listener, able to answer questions, visible, challenging, and open to change if there is a need for it.


Chairman Tucker thanked everyone for their comments and declared the public hearing closed.


MOTION: That the Alleghany County School Board public hearing be adjourned.

MOTION: Mr. Angle
Mr. Fridley
6:25 p.m.

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Chairman, Alleghany County School Board Clerk