• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Brock thanked for service on school board

Other members of the Woodford County Board of Education and schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins thanked Karen Brock for her service to students, teachers and staff members during the board’s last regular meeting of the year Dec. 17.

Brock’s willingness to serve the students of this community and her background as a math teacher at Woodford County High School gave the board invaluable insight when making decisions, board member Sherri Springate said.

“Having taught in our district for a number of years,” said Hawkins, “you brought a lens that was critical for us to see things from all sides.” “You were a very strong voice for the classified (staff), and so many of our employees had your ear,” added board member Margie Cleveland. “And you came with information that we didn’t have, and that was very beneficial and will be missed.”

Brock was also thanked for serving at a time when a lot of difficult decisions were being made, board Chair Ambrose Wilson IV pointed out.

One of those decisions resulted in a special election when a majority of the voters voiced their opposition to a proposed facilities tax to build a new high school.

Brock, who served on the board for four years, did not win reelection for another four-year term in November. A vocal opponent of the school tax, Allison Richardson, defeated her and will now represent District 2 on the board.

“You ran for reelection in a hard year, and I told you that the day after the election,” said board Vice Chair Debby Edelen. “None of us would have survived that. So you had the short straw.”

Losing her bid for reelection may have been a blessing, Brock told other board members, because she’ll be spending a lot more time taking care of her young granddaughter in the coming year.

“It was going to start being baby and me at board meetings,” said Brock, “… so it’s for the best.”

Cleveland, who chose not to run for reelection after serving 24 years on the school board, was recognized for her service to the district in November, but Hawkins took a moment to thank her again for having “a positive, lasting impact on the Woodford County Public Schools.”

Dani Bradley, elected in November to succeed Cleveland as the District 5 representative on the board, attended the Dec. 17 meeting.

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