Charalena Bess resigned from the Adams County Ohio Valley School Board last week. Bess had served on the board for 16 years and cited health concerns as her reason for stepping down. The school district took applications for her replacement that had to be filed by November 1st at 4:00 p.m.
According to the district, the board will begin interviewing candidates soon and must name a replacement within 30 days of the resignation. The newly appointed member will serve until December 31, 2023. If the appointed member desires to continue serving, he or she must run in the next general election.
“I have served on this board for 16 years,” Bess said. “I have had the opportunity to serve with some wonderful people. I’ve been very blessed in having positive people who wanted to bring positive direction and who put students first,” said Bess moments before she passed the gavel to the new board President, Dr. Gay Lynn Shipley.
“The remaining board members, Superintendent, and the entire staff and students thank Charlie for her accomplishments on the board during her 16-year term. We thank her for her service to the district,” said the Adams County Ohio Valley Schools in a press release.