Mark Sumpter was elected by the board as the new school board president.
“This is a very special day for me,” Sumpter said following the swearing in ceremony.
“I am very excited and I look for great things to come for Boone County education in the future,” he said.
Sumpter’s father, mother and sister have all been or are currently educators. He was sworn in by his dad, Gary Sumpter.
The elder Sumpter has been in education for 50 years.
He was superintendent of Boone County Schools from 1970 to 1975 and then again from 1994 to 2000. He has also served as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and 20 years as director of Regional Education Service Agencies (RESA) in Charleston.
“He is going to be a good man for education, as he has been in the past and it was a great pleasure to swear him into office and as president of the board.”
The new president says his father’s experience will help him in his new duties.
“It’s nice to be able to have someone like him to call.”
Mark Sumpter graduated from Scott High School in 1984. He has been in the chemistry field in Charleston for many years.
“I still have a passion for education in this county,” he said.
He says he looks forward to facing any challenges.
“It’s a lot of responsibility,” he said. “It’s going to be a busy time.”
He said he is looking forward to the work and trying “to continue to push this school system forward as best we can.”
The meeting also featured the election of a new vice president of the board, Charles Gibson.
“I want to that everyone that helped me get back here,” he said. “I will always put the children of Boone County first.”
Joe Tagliente was also sworn in to another term on the board.
“I want to that the citizens of Boone County for giving me this opportunity.”
Tagliente has been in the school system over 40 years.
“I am still passionate about education in Boone County and I want to continue to see our students get the best education possible. I also want to continue to assist and help our employees,” Tagiente said.
Danny Cantley was also sworn into another term on the board.
New board members serve a four-year term, while the president and vice president position hold two-year terms.
The board also announced a public hearing regarding the school system’s Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan for the 2010-2011 school year at 6 p.m., Monday, July 19 in the conference room of the operations center in Foster.