Green, a career farmer in the Oakwood area, explained the situation by saying he was in the fields in September and October picking corn and soybeans. Because of drought conditions in 2012, local growers were in the fields early trying to salvage their dried out crops.
“Planting and harvesting is always a conflict for farmers,” Green said, adding he expects to be able to make all the meetings up this year.
Green said his other missed meeting — in August — came as a result of a vacation to Guatemala. Green, who did not miss a meeting during the first half of the year, has been a county board member since 2004.
Overall, 16 of the 27 members of the county board had perfect attendance for the second half of the year. Of those, six board members — John Criswell of District 5, John Dreher of District 7, Ivadale Foster of District 8, Craig Golden (no longer on the board), Chris Leigh of District 1, Orick “Corky” Nightlinger of District 5 and Terry Stal of District 4 — had perfect attendance through November.
The board’s December meeting was not taken into account because it was a reorganizational meeting where new members were sworn in.
With the new next fiscal year, a new salary structure was initiated for the board that pays a flat fee of $250 per month for the board members, except for the chairman. The board members will be docked $50 for each unexcused absence from board or committee meetings.
Only three unexcused absences were recorded in board minutes between January and November.
The two boards of education in Danville show good attendance records by their members.
Two of the seven trustees who serve on Danville Area Community College’s Board have had perfect attendance. They are Dr. Ron Serfoss and David Harby.
Trustees who have missed only one time in the last six months are Dick Cheney, retired Judge John O’Rourke, Sandi Randall and Coach John Spezia.