Horry County Schools picks new vice chair to replace late John Poston; discusses vaccine, learning

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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — The Horry County Schools Board voted unanimously Monday to make District 10 member Neil James as the new Vice Chairman, effective next board meeting.

James will take John Poston’s position. Poston died in late January.

“There have been times where I changed his mind and there were times where he changed my mind but I can tell you he will be missed. Somebody will take that seat but no one will ever replace him,” Chairman Ken Richardson said.

At the meeting, each board member took a moment to honor their colleague and friend.

“We were just really close because we sat elbow to elbow for 8 years. I knew him and I loved him like a brother,” board member David Cox said.

“He had a passion for education, he had a passion for his family, he had a passion for trying to lift those around him to be better,” board member Neil James said.

The board voted unanimously at today’s meeting to make Neil James the next vice chairman.

“I am honored to be given this opportunity. I’ll do my very best to serve you as well as citizens, the children and the staff of Horry County Schools so thank you very much,” James said.

The semester began last week, and as of Monday, 8,026 students are currently in the K-12 virtual program. A majority of those enrolled are elementary children.

The district is working to install plexiglass in all schools by March 15. Currently the plexiglass is being installed in middle schools.

The board also said 60% of district employees said they want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to schools.

This is a developing story. Refresh for updates.

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