Investiture makes school board elections official

Only two of the five school board members will be returning for the next four year term that begins in January. Placing their left hand on the Bible and holding up their right hand, all five of the Chesterfield County School Board members were sworn in, whether incumbent or not.

At last Thursday’s investiture ceremony, newly elected members, Carrie Coyner, Bermuda District; Tom Doland, Matoaca District and Diane Smith, Clover Hill District were the only members somewhat new to the ceremony. Patty Carpenter, Midlothian District and David Wyman, Dale District, are old hands at the swearing in, having served at least one full term on the board. Prior to the last election, Wyman finished the term of Beth Davis who became too sick to serve while in office. And Doland was on the board from 2004 to 2008, having not been elected in 2007.

Marshall Trammell, incumbent board member in Bermuda District, was the featured speaker and offered advice to the incoming board members.

“Build relationships early. Time spent with teachers and staff is extremely important,” Trammell said. “Life only comes around once and children are only children once.”

The investiture was sprinkled with tastes of the accomplishments of students. Chesterfield Technical Center culinary students prepared a full course meal; the James River High Orchestra provided music; Gordon Elementary students performed two songs and the Lloyd C. Bird High Madrigal Group performed a couple of nonsecular cantatas.

Registrar Larry C. Haake presented the certificates of election while two court judges and Judy Worthington, Chesterfield courts clerk, completed execution of oath.

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