BOE swears in new member

Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

June 28, 2014

Thursday’s Board of Education meeting was a night of sad endings and new beginnings as veteran board member and Vice President William “Bill” Davis served in his last meeting and new board member Deborah Mendez, along with Mark McGrew and Dr. Pat Joe White, took her oath.

Nearly all of the guest speakers at Thursday’s regular meeting voiced their appreciation for Davis and the many years of service he has worked in Logan County. Davis will be missed by his fellow board members, but also by the citizens of Logan Co.

Those in attendance also showed their excitement for the new face joining the board.

In Logan County’s primary election, Mendez was elected to the board with 20 percent of the vote. Her platform was to improve the educational system in Logan County.

“I will work to see that school employees are treated fairly and professionally. I realize the problems in education are enormous and I will support the instructional needs of our teachers and our children,” Mendez previously told the Banner. “I will work to make our schools safe by introducing programs that provide and seek police protection for our schools. I have ideas on how this can be done. I do support programs for continuing food programs for our children. I believe, as an RN, that the health and welfare of our children is important to their learning ability. We must do our best to provide for those Heath needs. Our children of all ages need the help and guidance to cope with the many problems of today’s society.”

Her excitement beamed as she attended the meeting Thursday evening ready to participate: listening intently and quietly voicing her opinions to her friends and family who joined her for the swearing in.

Mendez’s first official day as board member is July 1.