• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

School board members sworn in at school ceremonies


DEBBIE EDELEN, who was elected to a third four-year term on the Woodford County Board of Education in November, took the oath of office at Huntertown Elementary School last Friday, Jan. 13. Woodford District Judge Mary Jane Phelps administered the oath. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

During their oath of office ceremonies on Jan. 13, Debbie Edelen and Sherri Springate explained why they want to serve on the Woodford County Board of Education, and what they like most about their work. "You're my favorite part about my job," said Edelen, echoing a student's words while answering a question at Huntertown Elementary School last Friday afternoon. "I love this job," she later added. "And I think I like it because of you." Springate, who was elected to a second four-year term in November, explained the value of a school board always trying to "work for all of the children in the schools," while answering questions at Southside Elementary after taking the oath of office. Edelen described being re-elected to her third term on the Woodford County Board of Education in November as an opportunity to continue being a voice for the community. But she described teachers as being the most important people in terms of students getting an education.

SHERRI SPRINGATE took the oath of office during a ceremony at Southside Elementary School last Friday, Jan. 13. Springate begins her second full term on the Woodford County Board of Education. See story, page 7. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Before Woodford District Judge Mary Jane Phelps administered the oath of office to the reelected board members, schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins told students at both schools that Donald Trump will take the oath of office on Friday, Jan. 20, prior to becoming the 45th president of the United States. "So we wanted you to be able to see that firsthand - a local person, who represents you, take their oath," said Hawkins, talking to students at Huntertown Elementary. Hawkins also explained why Board of Education members have an important role in the education of students across the school district. One example, as he told students at Southside Elementary, was a recent decision to replace the heating and air conditioning system at their school.

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