Leader Blues

Monday, June 08, 2009

TOP STORY >> Nash’s successor picked for board

By JOAN McCOY
Leader staff writer

Five members of the Cabot School Board voted unanimously Tuesday evening to appoint a former board member to fill the remaining term of Brooks Nash who died last week from lung cancer.

Dr. Brenda Thielemier, a chiropractor who served one five-year term that ended in 2007, will complete Nash’s term that ends in September.

Dr. Tony Thurman, school superintendent, recommended Thielemier for the job and told board members that the appointee could not run for election. Theilemier didn’t run for a second term in 2007 and said she would not be interesting in running again.

She will be sworn in June 16.

Nash, a former teacher and principal with Cabot schools, ran for the school board after he retired. His first five-year term would have ended in September.

Candidates for the position may begin circulating their petitions on June 17. Twenty signatures of qualified voters are required, but county officials prefer at least 25 just in case some are not qualified.

Filing begins July 10 and ends at noon July 17. The school board election is Sept. 15.
Already one candidate has announced.

Corey Williams, vice president for Centennial Bank, announced Thursday that he is seeking the open position on the board.

Williams graduated from Cross County High School in 1992 and from Arkansas State University in 1997 with a degree in marketing management. He has been in banking since graduating from college and has been a resident of the Cabot School District for almost 10 years.

His wife, Amy, is an escrow officer with Grand Prairie Title Company in Cabot, and they have three children, Alex, Lauren and Logan.

Williams serves as vice president of the Cabot Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the chamber’s education committee and a member of the Cabot Rotary Club. He volunteers with the Cabot Panther Education Foundation.

Williams and his family are members of Mount Carmel Baptist Church, where he teaches 10th grade guys Sunday school.

“The Cabot School District is one of the best school districts in Arkansas and it has been great to my family,” Williams said when he announced.

“Our district has a great school board and administrative staff, the top teachers in the state and offers our students the best possible education you could ask for as a parent,” Williams continued.

“I want to continue the great things that our school board has done for our students and staff. I look forward to the challenge and am proud to become a candidate,” he said.