Weathers elected board chairman

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
Posted 9/12/18

The Bradley County Board of Education swore in three of its members and elected new leaders during its meeting Tuesday night. District 4 board member Troy Weathers was elected to the board Aug. …

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Weathers elected board chairman

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The Bradley County Board of Education swore in three of its members and elected new leaders during its meeting Tuesday night. 

District 4 board member Troy Weathers was elected to the board Aug. 2, along with Vicki Beaty of District 2 and Amanda Lee of District 6, who each won their bids for re-election. 

Juvenile Court Magistrate Ashley Gaither gave Beaty, Lee and Weathers their Oaths of Office. Each vowed to serve their constituents well. 

Weathers had previously served on the school board for four straight four-year terms until 2014, when former board member Dianna Calfee won. During his first meeting back, he was elected the board’s chairman. He takes over the chairman role from District 5 board member Rodney Dillard. 

“Being a chairman is not an easy job; it’s a huge responsibility. I have been chairman before in past years, and I want to thank Rodney for what he’s done in the past few years,” Weathers said. “He’s done a great job, and I never have ever challenged or questioned him. He’s a good man, and the school system owes him a great deal of gratitude for what he has done and how we’ve moved forward.” 

“I hope to work together with this board to make the right decisions for education, like I had for my last 16 years,” Weathers added. “Nothing has changed today.” 

Weathers was elected chairman by a 4-3 vote. District 3 board member Ted Bryson, District 1 board member Nancy Casson, District 7 board member Jerry Frazier and Weathers voted in favor. Beaty, Dillard and Lee voted against. 

The board also held elections for three other officer roles — vice chairman, chairman pro tem and Tennessee Legislative Network representative. 

Frazier was elected vice chairman with a 4-3 vote, winning over Beaty. Casson, Bryson, Frazier and Weathers voted for Frazier. Beaty, Dillard and Lee voted for Beaty. 

Casson was elected chairman pro tem, with a unanimous vote. Lee, who previously held that title, was nominated but said she no longer wished to serve in that role. 

Bryson was elected the board’s Tennessee Legislative Network representative, with a 4-3 vote. Beaty, Dillard and Lee cast the dissenting votes. Bryson was the only nominee for that role. 

The board will have its next regular meeting on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Bradley County Schools Administrative Office, located at 800 South Lee Highway. 

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