Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Dorchester School District Two School recognized one of their own during Monday night’s meeting of the DD2 Board of Trustees. Board Member Bo Blanton was recognized for his years of service to the district. A portrait of Blanton was unveiled and will hang in the Board Room at the District Office alongside those of other past board chairmen. Each of the district’s 22 schools will add a book containing a plate honoring Blanton to their Media Center in appreciation of his dedication to the district.
Blanton served as a board member for a total of 16 years beginning in 1996 and acted as chairman and spokesperson from 2000-2009. During his time as chairman, the district experienced tremendous growth and built five new schools.
As a Summerville native who grew up in Dorchester School District Two, Blanton has been a valuable member and leader of the board.
“Bo Blanton spent 16 years in service to children,” DD2’s Board Chair Frances Townsend said. “Combining leadership, wisdom, and a big heart, he put the needs of children in the forefront. As Board Chairman for nine years, he guided the district in a period of rapid growth. He was a frugal steward of the community’s money, and he listened to the concerns of parents. He led with a gentle hand, and the board will miss his humor and integrity.”
Blanton decided against running for re-election to spend more time with his family.
Voters will fill Blanton’s seat on the board along with two others in the general election on November 6. The candidates running include two incumbents Lisa Tupper and Barbara Crosby as well as Harry Blake, Justin Farnsworth, Louis Smith, Sam Clark and David DuBose.