'A Vote Of Confidence'

Published 3:06 pm Tuesday, July 1, 2014

BUCKINGHAM — The burgundy Chevrolet pickup truck that Division Superintendent Dr. Cecil Snead drives, proudly displaying his Virginia Tech license plates, will be seen parked in front of the Buckingham School Board Office for another four years.

Board members unanimously voted to vacate their existing contact with the school chief, and entered into a new four-year contract during their June 26 meeting.

According to District Three Representative and Board Chairman Ed Wise, Snead had two years left on the former contract.

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“We are very pleased to have Dr. Snead as our superintendent. And we wanted to extend that vote of confidence to him. We’re not able to throw a lot of money around these days…It’s basically just a vote of confidence,” Wise told The Herald after the meeting.

The farmer also cited, in a separate interview, that no salary adjustments are included in the new contract.

“At this time, we felt that since no salary adjustments were being made for other employees, that we did not make one for him…We hope to make one in the future when we make one for everybody.”

“I just want to thank the board and thank the community and everyone in Buckingham County for that vote of confidence,” Snead noted immediately following the board’s vote. “It’s nothing my family and I would rather do than to spend another four years here…It’s been a wonderful two years, and I believe that the next four will be even better. So, thanks for the opportunity…Humbly, I thank you.”

The board also took action allowing the board chairman “…to review the superintendent’s evaluation with the superintendent.”

Buckingham Primary Assistant Principal

School board members unanimously voted to hire Jessica Fortner as an assistant principal at Buckingham Primary School, according to Snead.

According to Prince Edward County Middle School’s website, Fortner is listed as a sixth grade teacher, and has taught at the school for 10 years.