PE Supervisors Name Dr. Gur

Published 4:41 pm Thursday, July 10, 2014

PRINCE EDWARD — With little further discussion Tuesday night, the County’s board of supervisors revisited a tabled school board appointment.

Deadlocked last month 4-4 between incumbent school board member Linda Leatherwood and Dr. Peter Gur for the Farmville District (101) seat, the board was assured of at least a different count with the passing of Prospect Supervisor Howard “Pete” Campbell this week.

And while none of the votes changed with seven members voting, the board agreed to appoint Dr. Peter Gur on a 4-3 vote.

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Dr. Gur, an adjunct associate professor for Southside Virginia Community College, graduated with his doctorate from Michigan State University in 1987. He has an extensive teaching background including time as high school teacher at the County’s school as well as the Governor’s School. In an application to the board, he offered to help the County’s school division meet all federal annual measurable objectives, improve student retention and graduation rates, provide a safe learning environment, support faculty and staff and use taxpayers money wisely.

Leatherwood, a retired teacher and Longwood University graduate, served on the school board approximately 12 years.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Howard Simpson (who represents District 101) favored the reappointment of Leatherwood, along with Supervisors Charles McKay, and Robert “Bobby” Jones. Supervisors C.R. “Bob” Timmons Jr., Pattie Cooper-Jones, Jerry Townsend and Jim Wilck supported Dr. Gur.

Supervisor Campbell voted to support Leatherwood last month, which helped create the two tie votes before the board agreed to table the decision.

Dr. Gur participated in his first meeting on the school board Wednesday night.