SALYERSVILLE – To celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month, Magoffin County School District honors the current board members and uses this time to introduce the members to the community.
Rodney Ward, the current chairman of the Magoffin County School Board, has served on the board for four years. A resident of the Lick Creek area, Ward has two daughters, Scarlett, age 3 years old, and Raegan, 13 years old.
Ward graduated for Morehead State University in 1998 with a degree in education, and has worked for the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons, for 15 years.
As for the reason he decided to get into education, Ward said, “I think education is one of the most important assets an individual can obtain in life, and as a board member I just wanted to make sure the funds were spent appropriately and give the kids the best opportunities.”
Jesse Rudd II, the current vice-chairman, has served on the board for four years, as well. Rudd was raised just outside of Salyersville. He and his wife, Rebekah, have two children, Trey and Finley. Rudd graduated with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Pikeville College. He received his doctorate in pharmacy from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.
Since 2013, Rudd has owned and operated Parkway Pharmacy, in Salyersville, and he has been a pharmacist for over 12 years.
Rudd said his own children inspired him to pursue a spot on the school board.
“I wanted to be a part of the board because of my concern for my kids and as well as the other kids throughout the district, and I wanted to make sure they have adequate facilities and programs to get a proper education.”
Jimmy Gullett, was appointed to the board in 2016 to fill the unexpired term of the late Bill W. May, then was elected to continue holding the seat later that same year.
Gullett, born and raised in Magoffin. He and his wife and two kids – both students in the school system – continue to live in District 2. Gullett graduated from Morehead State University with a bachelor’s in industrial technology. He has been employed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for the past 18 years as an engineering technologist, working at the Division of Materials in Pikeville.
Gullett also stated that he wanted to join the board for his kids.
“I wanted the best for them and all of our kids in the community and we’re trying to do what’s right for the schools.”
Doug Wireman, who is on his second year of his four-year term, grew up in the Royalton area of Magoffin, and now lives on Trace Fork with his wife, Crystal, and three kids (ages 13, 9 and 6).
Wireman graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in biology Berea College and has worked for the state as an environmental scientist of the past 18 ½ years, working as a site operator in the air monitoring network. He also in an assistant pastor at the Brushy Fork Baptist Church.
“I’ve got children in the school system and I wanted to be a part of the district to try to make a difference,” Wireman said. “I like to see my kids come home from school and be really excited about a project. We have great teachers, but after so many years, anything becomes a job and it’s hard to stay focused on the children, but a while back my son came in so excited about a project in math and I never had that excitement about mathematics, but this teacher was able to peak his interest and keep his focus, and that’s what I want to see. I’m hoping to see teacher’s view their career, not as a job, but as a passion.”
Doug Collinsworth, of White Oak, was appointed in May 2017 to fill an unexpired term, up at the end of this year, left vacant by a board member resigning. Collinsworth taught high school mathematics for 37 years, retiring nine years ago. He now works for the Magoffin County Soil Conservation District.
“I just assumed with my years of experience in education I might have something to offer,” Collinsworth said regarding why he wanted to be on the board.