The Louisa County School Board ended the suspense at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11 when it appointed Deborah Hoffman from among four candidates to the Green Springs district school board seat.
“It was a hard choice to make,” School Board Member Steve Harris (Cuckoo district) said. “I’m very grateful that we have choices.”
The seat was left vacant following the sudden death of longtime school board member Brian Huffman on Tuesday, Dec. 31. He had been reelected by Green Springs constituents in November 2013 and would have started his fourth term on January 1.
Hoffman will serve until Dec. 4. It will be up to Green Springs district voters to make their choice in a special November election as to who will fill the seat for the final three years of the term.
All four candidates, including Joe Lacy, Scott Harlowe and Tyler Pieron attended the school board meeting on Tuesday night to await the announcement. Pieron had challenged Huffman for the seat in November,
Billy Seay, Louisa district school board member, said that the criteria he used when making his decision was dependent on who came closest to reflecting the values and vision of the late Huffman.
According to Chairman Greg Strickland (Patrick Henry district), the decision was so tough that the school board asked each of the applicants to answer additional questions before 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2.
“We were fortunate to have to think long and hard,” Strickland said.
The new school board member is no stranger to Louisa County. She has lived in the county more than 55 years and was a 1972 graduate of Louisa County High School.
Hoffman was also a friend of her predecessor for 20 years and they served many of the same organizations including 4-H, Louisa Agricultural Fair, Future Farmers of America Alumni and the Gordonsville Volunteer Fire Auxiliary.
To read the entire story, see the Feb. 13 edition of The Central Virginian.