MADISON, W.Va – The Boone County Board of Education recently appointed a new member to take the spot of board president Mark Sumpter after his resignation in late October.
Rodney Smith became the newest board member on Monday, November 14 and took his oath of office Tuesday, November 15.
“I came to Boone County in 1969 after my college roommate informed me of a job opening at Scott High School in business,” said Smith. “I had just graduated from Marshall University in Business Education.”
“I came to Boone County with the intent of only staying one year,” said Smith.
Smith had originally wanted to teach in Logan County.
According to Smith he entered his first classroom where most of the typewriters did not work as well as most of the office machines. The tables in his classroom were also old and falling apart.
However, “The County contracted to have a typewriter repair person come by each month, said Smith. “They told me if I would take my office machines to Charleston they would pay to get them repaired and before the year was over I got new tables.”
Smith said he has lived in Boone County for 47 years and he taught school for 41 years.
According Smith he has held a variety of jobs throughout his long career with the Boone County School system.
The jobs have ranged from business education teacher, vocational guidance counselor, and vocational director/principal among many other titles.
Smith retired from Boone County Schools in 2003.
Smith said, “I did work as a substitute teacher for another seven years which I enjoyed very much.”
Smith had never imagined being on the board.
“I had been to many board meetings over the years and it never crossed my mind,” said Smith.
“When I heard the seat was open I of course knew the County was in trouble like never before, and I just thought I would like to give a little of my time and experience back to the County,” said Smith.
Penny Green Executive Secretary for Boone County Schools said Mr. Smith’s term date was effective November 15 and will run through June 30, 2018.
When asked if there was anything he would like for the people of Boone County to know, Smith said, “We are really trying to do the best for our students in Boone County. We all need to pull together to get things back on track.”
Smith went on to say, “Boone County has always been a leader in Education during all my years as an employee. I believe we will overcome our problems and continue to do so.”
Smith has had the opportunity to travel some and he said, “I have yet to find another place I would like to live.”
“I love Boone County, which is to say I love the students and people of Boone County. There are no better people anywhere,” said Smith.
Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661, [email protected] or on Twitter @CVN_hkinder