RICHMOND – After 14 years of service to the Madison County Board of Education, current Board Chair Betsy Bohannon has decided to step down from her seat on the Board. Mrs. Bohannon began her tenure on the Board of Education in May 1998. She was appointed to serve the Division V seat left vacant by Barbara Bentley. In November 1998, Mrs. Bohannon was elected to a four-year term on the Board to represent Division V. Mrs. Bohannon has been re-elected three times since then – in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Her current term is set to expire this year.
During Mrs. Bohannon’s tenure on the Board the district was able to build four new schools – Kingston Elementary, Glenn Marshall Elementary, B. Michael Caudill Middle and Farristown Middle – as well as complete 14 renovation projects. The district also built four new athletic complexes during Mrs. Bohannon’s tenure. During the 14 years of her service, Mrs. Bohannon was part of a Board that had 14 years of balanced budgets, 14 years of savings and demonstrated good stewardship of public funds with every vote.
Mrs. Bohannon was part of many accomplishments in the district while serving on the Board of Education including the establishment and growth of the Coordinated School Health program, the relationship with the Richmond Area Arts Center, the Mike’s Kids Education Foundation and, most recently, the Middle College at EKU among many others. Mrs. Bohannon says she is very proud to have served on a Board that places such great emphasis on academics for ALL students.
Mrs. Bohannon and the Board have always valued community partnerships such as those with the Madison County Health Department, Eastern Kentucky University and the development of the Madison County Business and Education Partnership with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and worked to foster those partnerships.
“When I first met Mrs. Bohannon, she emphasized the importance of community partnerships,” said Superintendent Tommy Floyd. “Looking back over the past six years, many of our most successful programs are the result of community partnerships. I will always be grateful to her for that.”
Mrs. Bohannon says it has been rewarding to be a part of such a visionary School Board and she is pleased to have been a part of a school system, not a system of schools.
“Madison County Schools will be forever grateful to Mrs. Bohannon for her leadership, dedication and support,” Floyd said. “Her time on the Board of Education certainly reflects her desire to make Madison County Schools one of the best districts in the state.”