Marengo County BOE recognizes board members

Published 4:00 pm Wednesday, January 31, 2024

The Marengo County Board of Education recognized board members at its Jan. 25 meeting. Board members Freddie Charleston, Rayvell Smith, Lynda Joiner, Chester Moore, and John McAlpine received cards and gift baskets from Sweet Water High School (SWHS) and Marengo High School (MHS).

Superintendent Luke Hallmark said Marengo County has had the luxury and the pleasure to have good board members.

“What you all have been able to do as board members, and you have been able to do to work with me and my staff has been impeccable,” said Hallmark. “You all have seen from test results to athletics to school safety, we are very blessed. It will continue and I thank all of you.”

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Hallmark highlighted each member of the board and described how they have contributed to the Marengo County School System over the years. McAlpine took over his father’s position on the board and “has done an excellent job” serving Marengo County since. Smith has served in many positions for Marengo County including being principal at A.L. Johnson High School and teaching at the now closed John Essex High School.

Joiner has been in the retirement system as a nurse, and Charleston is still working while serving as a board member. Hallmark described Charleston as “one of the most respected people in Demopolis.” 

Moore, who lives in Dixons Mills, and is a vocal advocate for MHS, was described as a “pillar of Dixons Mills.”

“I read something the other day that said ‘Always remember where you came from, but don’t ever forget where you’re going.’ You have to follow the course,” said Hallmark.