Jamison Hooks Staff Writer
Family, friends, and associates of Dave Belton gathered to recognize the end of his time serving on the Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) and the beginning of a new chapter serving as State Representative for District 112. “We’re sorry to be losing you, but we’re happy you’ll be working for us up at the state,” said BOE Chairman Nelson Hale. Assistant Superintendent Sarah Burbach presented Belton with an unexpected gift. Burbach handed Belton a letter to read at the reception, which announced the “Breakfast with Belton” event. Each Morgan County school will sponsor a Breakfast with Belton event, so that educators can meet with Belton in a small group setting to share concerns and questions on representation at the state level. Each school is guaranteed a one-time meeting with Belton before the legislative session begins. During these breakfasts, teachers will have the opportunity to share their perspectives with Belton on the most pressing education issues before he heads off to the capitol to represent the people of his district. The breakfasts are designed to give the teachers of Morgan County a direct voice that will be heard by their local state representative. Belton is looking forward to hearing the experiences and suggestions from local teachers working with actual students every single day. Belton pledged his commitment to education as a top priority during his time as a state representative. “The most important thing is to keep the children first. It’s all about the children. It’s been the honor of my life to serve the people and teachers of Morgan County,” said Belton. Members of the BOE are sure to miss Belton and are grateful for his dedication to the Morgan County community. “As a board member I wish him well and I look forward to seeing what he does for Morgan County. We will miss having him on the board very much,” said Morgan County BOE Member Erica Veasley.