Martha Dean named to fill vacant Board of Ed seat

The Braxton County Board of Education held a work session and a special meeting this past week in order to discuss and later fill the vacancy left by Vice President David Hoover after his recent resignation due to health concerns.
On Tuesday, December 14, board members held a work session that was conducted mostly in executive session. For over an hour and half, board members reviewed the letters of interest they had received in the last few weeks.
Then on Friday, December 17 in a brief special meeting that lasted only four minutes, board members appointed Martha Dean to the vacant seat. The appointment passed with one abstention. Board member Evelyn Post read the following public statement in response to the appointment and the reasoning behind her abstention. “The Board of Education received ten outstanding applicants. All of whom would have brought distinct leadership to the table. Unfortunately, only one seat was open. My vote to abstain is based on the Mr. Hoover’s recommendations. I believe it is only befitting and respectful of an office holder’s wishes for them to be considered. With all due respect to my fellow board members, I disagree that one of the two of Mr. Hoovers recommended choices could not be appointed. I respect the applicant chosen and I welcome her with open arms.”