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School board posthumously honors England and White

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By Donald Richie

The Harrison County Board of Education paid tribute to two people the school system has lost recently.

The meeting began with a moment of silence for Goebel White, who worked for the system for 51 years - 47 of those as a bus driver, and board member Joe England.

White died last Friday and England died in February.

Englands legacy was commemorated with a few other actions and presentations.

Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) president Ed Massey, along with KSBA executive director Bill Scott, read a resolution honoring England's service to the community.

"Joe meant a lot to the board and he certainly meant a lot to me," Massey said. "His love of education and the children of Kentucky will continue to go on and on through Kentucky School Board and things he helped us accomplish."

Board chair Ed Taylor made an emotional presentation following the KSBA members.

Taylor said the greatest thing a person can do is to serve others.

"Joe dedicated his life to the service of others," he said, noting not only England's school service but his law enforcement career. "Joe was proud of Harrison County, he was proud of our accomplishments."

Superintendent Dr. Roy Woodward suggested that the board approve placing England on the school system's hall of fame and the board approved his idea.

England's inclusion to the hall of fame will be signified by a plaque in his honor.

"I know of no other person who belongs on this wall more than Joe England," Woodward said. "We'll miss Joe and we'll miss his contribution to education and we'll miss his contribution to the community."

A copy of the KSBA resolution, England's official school board photos and his name plate were presented to his family, who were present at the meeting.

The hall of fame plaque will be mounted at the new football stadium when it is built.

In other action, the board:

• Approved hiring Andy Dotson as superintendent. He will replace Woodward, who is retiring.

• Watched a presentation by Harrison County High School seniors Eric Turner and Ashley Ford on the senior trip to New York City.

• Approved revisions to the district's attendance policy.

• Heard the seventh month's attendance report from director of pupil personnel Lloyd Ogden.

• Approved fundraisers, staffing allocation guidelines and the purchase of student insurance - all presented by finance officer Julie Asher.

• Agreed to continue to use Denise Keene as the school system's auditor.

• Approved board paid staff positions.

• Accepted bids for painting (Wiley Painting), plumbing (Edwards Plumbing), HVAC/boiler repair (Frantz Inc.), general maintenance (Plummer Construction) and water treatment (Aqua-Clear).

• Read good news reports.

• Heard information on various upcoming events, such as the middle school Blossom Ball and HCHS graduation.