The Nottoway School Board in today’s edition is advertising a public hearing to seek candidates for the District Three appointment following the June 9th resignation of member Clive Pettis.
That hearing is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 14th in the high school mini-auditorium and will precede the Board’s regular monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m.
“Persons wishing to speak must sign-up with the Clerk prior to 6:00 p.m.,” the advertisement states. “Until a special election is held in Novemer 2022, the School Board will select the best possible interim replacement…No one whose name was not considered at the public hearing may be appointed,” the advertisement reads, citing State Code 22.1-29.1.
School Board members have until July 25th to make an interim appointment. Nottoway has five elections districts, two of which have court-ordered Black majorities — District Three and District Four.
As part of redistricting, which is required every 10 years, boundaries of Nottoway’s election districts will change upon passage of the Board of Supervisors and certification by the state Attorney General’s Office.
The District Three appointee will come from the district’s current boundary lines. That creates a possibility that someone could be chosen from the current district, yet end up residing outside the district after new lines are approved by County Supervisors. Supervisors have scheduled a redistricting public hearing for July 21st.
The School Board’s scheduling of a hearing to consider candidates came during a worksession last Tuesday night (June 14th) on a Facilities Study as well as a closed session on the annual evaluation of Division Supt. Dr. Tameshia Grimes, who began her duties here in 2019. In other business last Tuesday, School Board members voted 3-0 — with District Four rep Jimmy Fowlkes absent — to hire Peggy Miller as a Math teacher at Nottoway High.