Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
The Valley School Board on Monday appointed David Flowers, of Lucasville, to a seat on the school board left vacant by former school board president — and recently elected Scioto County Domestic Relations Judge — Jerry Buckler.
Buckler had been a member of Valley Local School Board since 2003, and was the school board president. According to law, a person cannot hold more than one elected seat. So Buckler resigned from the board in December, to begin his newly elected term as Judge of the Scioto County Court of Common Pleas Domestic Relations Division. His third term on school board would have expired on Dec. 31, 2015.
Upon announcing Buckler’s resignation from the board, Valley School Board Vice President Kathy Goins said the board would begin accepting applications for a replacement board member. Superintendent Carl McCrory said the district received many applicants, and appointed Flowers during their meeting Monday evening. No interviews were conducted, McCrory said, and the board made its decision based only on the applications submitted.
Flowers has two children, one daughter has graduated from Valley and a son is still attending, and owns Flowers Monument in Lucasville.
“Mr. Flowers had been attending board meetings on a regular basis and was asking questions. There was a lot of good candidates, but I think it was that overall Mr. Flowers had been involved in coming to the meetings for a while and I think they really liked that devotion and commitment. Long before he knew that there was going to be an opening available, he was involved and coming there,” McCrory said.
Flowers said he has been attending meeting sporadically for nearly all his life, and consistently for the past two or three years.
“The challenges schools face today are amazing, with funding and different things. I just felt like my kids have graduated from there, I graduated from there, and it was time. I guess when you get older in life your timing changes and you think ‘Maybe I should do something to help.’ I think a community has to have people to step up who are willing to take on that responsibility,” he said.
After being selected by the board Monday evening, Flowers immediately took a seat with them and joined the quorum.
Rather than complete Buckler’s full unexpired term through 2015, McCrory said Flowers will have to seek permanent election to the board in November. Flowers said he isn’t thinking that far ahead, but would like to see how things go before deciding whether or not to continue permanently. In addition to his seat on the school, terms also expire this year for Goins and Charles Turner.
Before their regular meeting on Monday, the Valley School Board conducted its 2013 organizational meeting. Turner was appointed president of school board, and Troy Gahm was appointed vice president.
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