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The attorney will finish the remaining year of Chairman David Carson's term.
Monday, June 3, 2013
Attorney William "Bill" Hopkins Jr. will take over the final year of the school board term of Chairman David Carson, who will step down this month.
Carson, who has been on the board since 2005, was recently tapped to become a circuit court judge and is not legally permitted to remain on the board once he takes the bench in July. His final meeting will be June 11.
During a meeting Monday, Roanoke City Council tapped Hopkins for the job and also reappointed board members Annette Lewis and Suzanne Moore . Both Lewis and Moore were seeking reappointment. Their current terms expire at the end of June.
Council has spent the past couple of months soliciting and interviewing a pool of candidates for three board spots. Eight candidates were considered for the three positions, and council unanimously voted on the appointments Monday.
Hopkins will serve the remainder of Carson's term, which expires June 30, 2014. He said during his interview with council that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty.
Hopkins, a graduate of city schools, said his wife was a teacher in the system and all three of his daughters graduated from city schools. Two are teachers, he said.
During his interview when asked what experience he might bring to dealing with the school system's tenuous budget, Hopkins said he sits on a board of directors that operates 16 nursing homes so he's involved in long-term planning and dealing with unexpected costs.
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