County school board members sworn in for another term
by IVY BRASHEAR Staff Reporter
HAZARD Two Perry County Board of Education members were sworn in for another term during the Boards annual Christmas party on Monday, December 20.
James Ritchie and Board Chairman John Punkin Combs both took the oath of office given by Perry County Circuit Judge Bill Engle.
This will be Ritchies first full term as a board member after filling Carlos Combs seat in 2009. He said he is looking forward to continuing his service as a Perry County Board Member.
Its an honor to be able to serve the Board of Education of Perry County, Ritchie said. Its been an honor for the past year and a half, and I look forward to doing it for four more years and hopefully longer than that.
He said on his agenda for his first full term contains beginning construction on the new Dennis Wooton school building and hopefully finishing that construction as soon as possible.
Other than that, he said the board hopes to get a lot accomplished in the near future.
Weve just got a good board of education and we hope to continue progress in Perry County, Ritchie said.
Combs has served on the Perry County School Board for 36 years, and said he has mostly enjoyed his time as a member.
Ive voted some good votes and voted some bad votes, Combs said. As you go down the road (of life) you make good ones and bad ones.
He said he too is looking forward to another term as board member and hopes to further improve the Perry County school system and do whats best for its students.
I believe Ive got it left in me to that and thats what I want to do: is have a good (school) system and at least do all I can do to improve the schools, Combs said.
He said he would like to continue working for the Board of Education for as long as his health remains in good condition. He said he works well with the other board members, the employees of the system and the people in the community, and added that together, they had all made some vast improvement to the school system.
Weve got a lot to do and a long road to go, Combs said. Whether we can get to the end of it or not, we dont know, but were going to make an effort.
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