A member of the Pike County Board of Education who had served on the board for more than six years resigned this week.
At Thursday’s regular meeting, board member Justin Maynard announced that he had tendered his resignation as the board’s District 2 representative. Maynard said his resignation was effective Friday, making Thursday his last day as a member of the board of education, and Thursday’s board meeting his last.
Maynard, who works in the administration of Pike County Judge-Executive Ray Jones II, said his daily duties working for the Pike County Government have become “tremendous” and are too much for him to dedicate the time he believes he should to the school district.
“I just don’t have the time to give this position the attention it requires,” Maynard said.
Maynard was elected to the board in 2012 and took his seat in January 2013. He served as board chairman from 2015 until January of this year, and has served alongside three different superintendents: Roger Wagner, David Lester and the current superintendent, Reed Adkins. He announced in March that he did not plan to seek re-election in 2020, but that he would serve out his current term.
At Thursday’s meeting, Maynard said Pike County’s students needs a “full-time board member.”
“They need more than a part-time board member; they need a full-time board member,” he said.
Maynard said he is proud to have served on the board and as board chairman. He said in his time on the board, the Pike County Schools District progressed from ranking in the bottom 18th percentile of school districts in the state to being in the top 5 percent. He credited the district’s staff with helping achieve that progress.
“I believed we could do better,” Maynard said, adding that the school district’s staff members stepped up and moved the district forward.
Maynard’s colleagues on the board, including current chairman Ireland “Heavy” Blankenship, thanked him for his service. Blankenship said he and Maynard worked together on numerous projects. Superintendent Reed Adkins said he has known Maynard since Maynard was a student of his, and he is proud of Maynard not only as a friend, but as a board represenative.
School Food Service Director Lisa Hess said after the meeting that she believes Maynard’s leadership helped progress the school district in state rankings, and also helped the school food service department become financially solvent.
A replacement for Maynard has not yet been named.