The Lenoir County Board of Education followed the swearing in of three members reelected in November by voting Monday night to keep its leadership in place.
Sworn in by Lenoir County Clerk of Court Dawn Stroud for new four years terms were District 2 member Keith King of La Grange, District 5 member W.D. Anderson of Kinston and District 1 member Billy Davis of Kinston. None faced opposition in 2018 balloting.
King, who was named board chair in July after the resignation of Jon Sargeant, was returned to that position for the next year and Bruce Hill of Kinston, an at-large member, retained his position as vice chair.
Both were elected on 4-3 votes. The contest for chair paired King and Hill and the contest for vice chair paired Hill and Merwyn Smith, at-large member from La Grange. The vote was conducted by paper ballot.
“The last four years I have enjoyed being a member of this board,” King said in comments to a packed meeting room after the vote. “I’ve had a lot of people tell me over the years that this is a thankless job, and I will disagree to an extent. I’ve had a lot of people in the last couple of years thank me for serving on this board and thank this board and our leadership team for the positive work that goes from this building to every school. We have done some wonderful things.”
King, Anderson and Davis all joined the board in December 2014.