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New TCS board member chosen as Edwards leaves

Published 11:00pm Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Troy City Council accepted the resignation of one school board member and appointed a replacement during the council’s meeting Tuesday evening.

Troy City Schools Board of Education Chair Dr. Judson Edwards wrote the council Tuesday he didn’t feel he had the time necessary needed to provide adequate attention and leadership as a board member.

“Thus, due to my commitments to both family and professional duties as Dean of the Sorrell College of Business at Troy University, it is in the best interest of Troy City Schools to replace me … ,” Edwards wrote.

Edwards was appointed to the board by the council at the recommendation of District 4 Councilman Johnny Witherington and Tuesday night, the council again followed Witherington’s recommendation by appointing Mark Salmon to the board.

Salmon’s term on the board, effective Tuesday, will run through May 31, 2018.

Salmon holds a B.S. in Industrial Education and an MBA. He is currently the system-wide director of physical plant operations for Troy University.

He is also an executive board member for the Alabama-Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America, a member of the Troy Rotary Club and a board member for the Troy City Schools Education Foundation.

Salmon has eight children and his family attends The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Also at the council meeting, members voted to allow for the removal of nuisance weeds to be removed at 114 Smith St. with the cost assessed to property owners; to remove dilapidated buildings at 815 E. Academy St. and 105 Henderson Drive with the cost assessed to property owners; and to enter into contracts for services with 14 Troy/Pike County entities – Alabama Cooperative Extension, Boys and Girls Clubs of Pike and Surrounding Counties, the Christian Love Center, OCAP, Pike County Chamber of Commerce, Pike County Economic Development Corporation, Pike County EMA, Pike County Health Department, Pike County Juvenile Court, Pike County Soil and Water Conservation, Pioneer Museum of Alabama, Seniors Foundation, Abstinence in Motion and Troy-Pike Cultural Arts.

The next scheduled meeting for the Troy City Council is Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. at City Hall.

  • Observer

    Mark Salmon should be a great choice for the school board. His background in directing the maintenance operation at Troy State (which is by itself probably larger than the city school system) and his real world experience will make him a great asset.
    He won’t be buffaloed or intimidated and will be a balance against the cowboy element in the school system.

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  • Observer

    The school board had one of its early-bird called meetings Sept 30 (7:15 am) with a single item on the agenda: personnel. That meeting is un-reported by the Messenger (at least on the on-line version).

    Apparently the board hired a replacement for Chresal Threadgill, but gave the new person a different title (coordinator rather than administrative assistant). A visit to the Alabama Department of Education reveals some other changes have been made. The support worker who got the big raise was justified in part by being assigned responsibility for transportation (for which he is not qualified). Now the new coordinator and another support person are listed as transportation at the state board site. What would you bet the big raise was not reduced?

    Did they have the called meeting to rush something through before the new member of the board was appointed?

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  • twocarat

    I think the real truth regarding Edward’s resigning from the board probably has to do with the fact that he sent his own children to Florida to go to school!

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