By Kyle Lovern
Retired educator Hank Starr was named a member of the Mingo County Board of Education at a special meeting on Tuesday morning.
Starr is one of three candidates who will be running in the November general election for the position vacated by Bill Duty, who resigned to run for Mingo County Commission. The other two candidates are Stephen “Cheetah” Marcum and Leslie Hobbs.
Starr will fill the vacancy for two months.
Starr was selected by unanimous vote of the four existing school board members, according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Bobbera.
A longtime educator, Starr worked his way from the ground up. He was a school custodian and teacher’s aide while working his way through college.
He eventually became a teacher, then a principal, and later served as director of the maintenance department for Mingo County schools. He also was a former assistant basketball coach at Burch High School.
During this meeting, the existing board members adopted a new motto, “Do it Right.” This was an idea that came from board member June Glover, which is a phrase she has frequently used.
The graphics design class at Mingo Central High School will develop a logo, which will be used on a banner and other items.
Bobbera said this will be a class project for the MCHS students, where the school board will act as a client and the students will perform as an advertising agency. They will present their ideas at the October meeting.
The next regular scheduled meeting for the school board will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the board offices at Cinderella Hollow.
Kyle Lovern is the sports editor of the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at email@example.com or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277, or on Twitter @KyleLovern.