The decision about who will temporarily replace the late Ann Edge on the Nash County Board of Education has been delayed until the next school board meeting slated for Aug. 10.
That meeting originally was slated for Monday but was rescheduled due to the threat of tropical storm conditions.
The issue of Edge’s replacement was discussed at the last special called meeting of the board on July 29. School board members had set aside time at that meeting to examine the letters of interest submitted by local residents who wished to fill the vacant District 11 seat on the board until the election is held.
However, only one letter of interest was received. That letter was submitted by Sharonda Thomas Bulluck, who is so far the only contender for the District 11 seat in the upcoming election in November.
After a closed session at that meeting, school board member Bill Sharpe made a motion in open session to appoint Bulluck to the vacant seat. That motion was seconded by Doneva Chavis.
Bulluck originally was slated to be at that meeting so that members of the board could meet and interview her, but she was unable to attend. Because of that, some board members felt she should not be appointed to the board until such an interview could be held.
Ultimately, the vote was tied 5 to 5 and the motion did not pass.
Board members Dean Edwards, Chris Bissette, Lank Dunton, Richard Jenkins and LaShawnda Washington voted against the motion. Board member Evelyn Bulluck abstained from voting and then changed her abstain to yes. Board members Franklin Lamm and Reginald Silver joined Bulluck, Sharpe and Chavis in voting in favor of the motion, but the motion failed for lack of a majority.
Sharonda Bulluck is slated to attend the next meeting of the board, which will be held at 6 p.m. on Aug. 10. The agenda states that the issue likely will be decided then.
That meeting of the school board will be held virtually and can be viewed live at www.youtube.com/c/PRDptment.
A time for public comment will be available at this meeting. Members of the public will have the opportunity to submit public comments in one of two ways. They can sign up in advance to receive a phone call during the public comment portion of the meeting and have their comments broadcast live on the video and audio feeds, or they can submit a written comment by email during the designated time period to be read aloud by staff.
Each person is limited to one public comment, whether written or spoken, per meeting, Chris Catalano, executive director of communications, planning and engagement, said in a statement.
Anyone who wishes to participate in the public comment portion of the meeting or anyone who may have trouble accessing the live video stream on Aug. 10 is encouraged to contact Catalano at 252-462-2858 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the day of the meeting.
Friday is the last day for candidates to sign up to run for the Nash County Board of Education. Five seats are open this year in Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, 10 and 11.
The District 1 seat is the only contested race so far. Chavis, who previously stated her intention not to seek re-election, threw her hat in the ring last week. She will face a challenger in the form of Roy Garner of Battleboro.
Board Chairman Franklin Lamm, who represents District 3 on the board, has filed to run for re-election and faces no challenger so far.
School board members Bill Sharpe in District 5, Ricky Jenkins in District 7 and Evelyn Bulluck in District 10 have all filed to run for re-election. No one has yet filed to run against them.