Board recognizes Kinsley’s service

Dec. 11, 2012 @ 07:44 PM

Ronald Kinsley, a 16-year member of the Vance County Board of Education, was honored Monday night during the board’s December meeting.

Kinsley spent 37 years as an educator in the Vance County school system.

His entire career was spent working at Dabney Elementary, where he taught and coached basketball for eight years before working as principal for his remaining 29 years.

After Vance County Schools redistricted during late 2011, Kinsley was placed in District 7, already being represented by Ruth Hartness.

“He chose not to run for re-election,” said Terri Hedrick, public information officer for Vance County schools. “He used to be in District 4, but with redistricting he was placed in District 7.

“Hartness is continuing as District 7.

“He would have to run against her, and I guess he could do that in the next election.”

With regard to his future on the board of education Kinsley says, “I’m gone for good.”

As for his accomplishments while serving on the board for 16 years, Kinsley credits nothing to himself.

“It’s hard when you have seven members to look at one person,” Kinsley said. “But, I really enjoyed being on that.”

Ed Wilson was sworn in as the newest member of the board, replacing Kinsley, and representing District 4.

Wilson will bring to the board 22 years experience in Vance County Schools. He taught civics and U.S. history at Southern Vance, where he also served as athletics director for 17 years.

“I told Mr. Kinsley tonight when I walked up to him, that it’s an honor to replace him,” Wilson said. “And he’s really irreplaceable.

“He taught my wife and I in school. She was raised in the Dabney community and the thing she remembers about him is that he was a good coach. He coached girls basketball.”

Also being sworn into office was Dorothy Williams representing District 3 and Emeron Cash representing District 5.

District Judge J. Henry Banks was present to read board members their oath of office.

“This is always one of the highlights of my year,” Banks said. “I usually remind people of the high level of trust placed in the Vance County board of education by the children of this county.”

Banks urged members to follow in the footsteps of Kinsley while serving their community as the Vance County Board of Education.

“Mr. Kinsley, the outgoing member, I would suggest to you tonight to look at his example,” Banks said.

“That is to serve with integrity and distinction.”

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