By Thomas Sellers Jr.
Monday the chambers of City Hall in Millington were the setting for history.
The first Millington Muncipal School Board was sworn in shortly after 6 p.m. by Millington Mayor Terry Jones. The seven members are Greg Ritter, Cecilia “C.J.” Haley, Chuck Hurt Jr., Cody Childress, Louise Kennon, Jennifer Carroll and Don Holsinger.
On Nov. 7, three of the members were elected while four members Ritter (Position 1), Hurt (Position 3), Childress (Position 4) and Kennon (Position 5) were unopposed.
Winners of the three contested races that Thursday night for Millington’s first municipal school board were Haley (Position 2), Carroll (Position 6) and Holsinger (Position 7).
Haley received 306 votes, or 56 percent of the 545 cast for Position 2. Oscar Brown got 236 votes, or 43 percent. Three write-in ballots were cast in that race.
Carroll received 394 votes, or 77 percent of the 509 cast for Position 6. Tom Stephens got 113 votes, or 22 percent. Two write-in ballots were cast in that race.
Holsinger received 289 votes, or 55 percent of the 526 cast for Position 7. Charles P. Reed got 235 votes, or 45 percent. Two write-in ballots were cast in that race.
Among the uncontested candidates, Gregory Ritter received 426 votes, or 96 percent of the 446 cast for Position 1. Twenty voters, or 4 percent, cast write-in ballots in that race.
Chuck Hurt Jr. got 444 votes, or 98 percent of the 452 cast for Position 3. Eight voters, or 2 percent, cast write-in ballots.
Cody Childress received 447 votes, or 99 percent of the 453 cast for Position 4. Six voters, or 1 percent, cast write-in ballots.
Louise Kennon got 418 votes, or 94 percent of the 444 cast for Position 5. Twenty-six voters, or 6 percent, cast write-in ballots.
After swearing in the new board, Jones thanked all those who ran citing their concern for Millington’s future and the children. Jones also recognized the Transition Committee during the ongoing process of creating Millington schools.
Board members initially elected to the even-numbered positions 2, 4 and 6 will serve one-year terms, while those initially elected to the odd-numbered positions 1, 3, 5 and 7 will serve three-year terms.
But all members subsequently elected, other than those who fill a vacancy, will serve four-year terms.
The members took office on Dec. 1, following certification of the election results. Annual compensation will be $2,400 for the board members and $3,000 for the board chairman.