Richard E. Bogan of Kinston, a 51-year-old Boy Scout executive and long-time public school volunteer, officially joined the Lenoir County Board of Education on Monday night.
Sworn in by Clerk of Court Dawn Stroud with his hand on a Bible held by his wife, Elaina, Bogan moved into the District 3 board seat vacated in July in Jon Sargeant, who resigned to accept an appointment as a district court judge.
“I hope you’re ready to go to work,” school board chair Keith King said to Bogan after the ceremony.
“I am,” Bogan replied.
He was appointed by the school board to fill Sargeant’s unexpired term in a process that began Sept. 4 when Bogan and four other applicants for the seat – all District 3 residents and all Democrats, as required – spelled out their qualifications for school board members in a public meeting.
Bogan emphasized his connection to Lenoir County’s public schools since he and his family moved to Kinston seven years ago.
All three of the Bogans’ children are students in the system – two at North Lenoir High School and the third at Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School – and he was an active member of the PTA at Northwest Elementary School for six years, serving two years as PTA president.
At a special meeting of the school board held Oct. 4, the six seated members voted by secret ballot for their choice for the District 3 position. Over two ballots, three of the five applicants received votes. Bogan’s name surfaced in both rounds of voting and on the second ballot he received the four votes needed for selection.
His term on the board runs through November 2020.
“My youngest had left Northwest and moved to Contentnea-Savannah and that kind of left me without my volunteer role. I wondered what I was going to do next,” Bogan said after that vote in explaining why the open school board seat appealed to him.
“I just want to continue to do what these people are doing,” he said. “This board has made some remarkable improvements in the (school) system, and it’s showing. So I want to be a part of that, continuing to help them change and move upward, to be a part of that forward momentum.”
A veteran of 21 years with the Boys Scouts of America, Bogan serves as Chief Operating Officer for the 20-county East Carolina Council.
The new board member now begins an orientation process that will include meetings with district administrators and principals and tours of schools.