The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

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December 4, 2013

Butcher: BOE to reconsider county CEFP



A public meeting to discuss the closure and reconfiguration of the three schools will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, in the Fayetteville High School auditorium.

James “Jock” Workman was also sworn in to fill the open seat on the board.

“I wish to thank the board for selecting me to fill a position that was occupied by a Fayette County icon,” Workman said. “I think we’ll make a good team. As to why I allow myself to be subjected to the disdain and verbal abuse shown toward board members, it’s the two young ladies who stood with me during the oath today that prove to everyone that I still have a connection and interest in what is going on in the school system. My grandchildren are two pieces of my heart.

“This honor is accepted with mixed feelings,” he added. “Even before I took the oath of office today, I had been roughly spoken to by three people. I guess that was my welcome back. This position requires decisions, and decisions draw criticism. An old Japanese adage says, ‘Death is lighter than air, but duty is heavier than a mountain.’ The mountain we face here is indeed heavy.”

Workman served on the board from 2006 to 2010.

“Since I was last on this board, things have changed drastically,” he said.

“I’ve been watching with great interest and deep sadness at the unfolding events. A lot of time has been spent contemplating our situation. Our beloved county has become so fragmented that we can no longer function as an entity. Each has his or her share of the pie and they won’t share with anyone, no matter who gets hurt.

“Everyone is so afraid to let go of what they have because they can’t visualize anything else as possibly being better. Progress can only be attained by taking chances. We have to do something. I just pray that ‘up the river, down the river, that side of the river, and this side of the river’ disappear from our vocabulary. I hope our board can work to get the state out of our county, and I pledge to work toward that goal.”

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