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Martin chosen to lead school board

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

New Bedford County Board of Education chairman Amy Martin, center, welcomes new board members John Boutwell, left, and Mike Cook.
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After a swearing in ceremony by County Clerk Kathy Prater for new Bedford County Board of Education members Mike Cook and John Boutwell, Amy Martin was unanimously selected by fellow members to serve as chairman.

In accepting the vote, Martin pledged to rebuild bridges of trust within the community and between school staff, the superintendent's office and the county commission.

Good relationships

"So many times we have shared [at statewide conferences] the relationship we have had in the community and with our board and with the county commission, and that's going to continue," said Martin.

"I think there has been some miscommunication and misunderstandings, and we're going to turn that around. We're going to rebuild that bridge, and it's going to be stronger than ever. We're going to rebuild that trust."

Ron Adcock was nominated and elected by the board to continue service as vice-chairman.

New members

Barry Cooper retired from the board last month at the end of his term after 18 years of service, including 16 as chair.

Leonard Singleton also retired from the board this year, with Boutwell elected to fill his eighth district seat. Cook was elected to the fifth district post formerly held by Cooper. Martin serves the third district.

Also sworn in were returning board members Glen Forsee, Dixie Parker and Dr. Andrea Anderson, who were each unopposed in the recent election.

New leader

Martin serves as coordinator of fiscal services and human resources at Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville, having been with the institution since 1973.

A Unionville resident, Martin has been a board member since 1992. She graduated from Community High School in 1971 and earned her bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2003. Married to Walter Martin, she is the mother of three children. She served as president of the Tennessee School Boards Association in 2008.

See Thursday's Times-Gazette for more details of Tuesday's regular board meeting.