Marshall school board elects new president after unusual nomination process

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Marshall school board Secretary Linda Perkins, center, swears in board members Larry Godsey, left, and Wayne Crawford, right, to new terms on the board during a special meeting Tuesday, April 10. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)

The Marshall Board of Education held its annual reorganization Tuesday, April 10, during a special meeting, but the routine procedure took an unexpected turn.

Two long-time board members -- Kathy Green and Anita Wright -- were nominated to serve as president.

Board Secretary Linda Perkins said in her 29 years at the post, she had never seen a split nomination.

Green and Wright were asked to leave the conference room while the rest of the board was polled. Without discussion, Green was elected president by a 3-2 vote.

In subsequent motions, past president Larry Godsey was elected vice president, board member Mike Mills was elected treasurer and Perkins was re-elected secretary.

Prior to the reorganization, Godsey and board member Wayne Crawford were sworn in to new terms on the board.

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  • Is it just me or does it seem like we've had the same school board forever?

    -- Posted by outsider on Wed, Apr 11, 2012, at 5:02 PM
    Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
    The current board is a mix of experience. I think Kathy Green has been on the board the longest continuously, about 10 years or so. Larry Godsey was elected in 2002 and then after a break was elected again in 2006 and has served since. Three of the seven (Mike Mills, Wayne Crawford and Douglas Koehn) are in their first full terms. Anita Wright was elected in 2005, and Sherrie Stouffer was elected in 2008.
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