Though she was not on the ballot back in August, Vicki Brown will be continuing to serve as the Vale District 17 representative on the Hollow Rock-Bruceton Board of Education.
At the Oct. 19 meeting, board members voted unanimously to appoint Brown to fill that seat until August of 2022.
Last elected in four years ago, Brown has served on the board since 2012.
As Brown explained, she intended to seek re-election back in August, but due to COVID-19 issues, she failed to submit an election petition before the deadline.
And as no one else ran in District 17, that left a vacancy on the board.
Brown is a lifelong resident of the Vale Community.
In other business:
•Retired elementary teacher Joyce Pardue was honored by the board and presented with a plaque and gift by Elementary Principal Deborah Martin for nearly three decades of service to the school district.
•The board approved the addition of a middle school basketball game against Clifton Middle School on Nov. 23 at noon and high school basketball games against Carroll Academy on Dec. 9 and Jan. 27, both at noon.
•The board authorized Director of Schools David Duncan to take bids for a project to modify the main high school entrance to include a vestibule with a double entrance for increased security.
•A $600 Christmas bonus was approved for all district fulltime and part-time employees, not including substitute teachers.
•Budget amendments for the month of October were approved.
•Martin advised the board that several elementary students have returned to in-person school attendance after engaging in distance learning or home-schooling arrangements.
•Supervisor of Instruction Scott Crocker informed the board that $40,000 in state funding from an LEA Reopening and Programic Support Grant has been spent on 30 iPads and laptop computers and 50 “Study Buddy” educational devices.
•Duncan advised the board that the Christmas meal for administration and staff with be Dec. 14, auditing will begin on Nov. 2, a total of 29 students have returned to in-person school attendance after the first nine weeks, and all district employees will be taking child abuse awareness training.