William Minor selected vice president of Dallas County School Board

Published 10:57 pm Monday, February 23, 2009

The Dallas County School Board voted William Minor to fill the vacant position of board vice president Monday night.

The vice-president position has been empty since District 3 representative Ollis Grayson Jr. abruptly resigned in December.

The term for the office of vice president lasts one year and begins in November. The position is appointed on a rotating basis each year. When a new member is elected to the board, that member is moved to the bottom of the list.

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President Peggy Williamson, who represents District 5, said this allows the new member to observe how the board works before becoming vice-president or president.

“That’s why we do it that way,” Williamson said. “So it’s not too much on a new person coming in.”

Freeman Waller was appointed to serve the remainder of Grayson’s term. Despite nine years of experience on the Selma City School Board, Waller said he was more than happy to wait his turn to become vice president.

“I feel anytime a new board member comes on board he should go to the back of the class,” Waller said. “I have no problems with the order.”

The board expressed concern with leaving the position vacant for an extended period of time. The board did not like the idea that no one was in line to take over the duties of president if necessary. Minor, who represents District 1, said he is just glad the situation is resolved.

“It’s something we’ve needed to do for some time,” Minor said.