Drivers on Highway 25W may have noticed a new message on the sign at Jacksboro Middle School on Monday.
“Concerned citizens of Campbell County support Donnie Poston for superintendent of schools” scrolled across the sign this week.
The display came after the Campbell County Board of Education had a change of heart and voted 4-4 against extending Poston’s contract. In December, the board voted 9-1 with only Rector Miller dissenting.
While members of the general public can pay to post messages on the sign, the support from Poston came from Debbie Farmer, the secretary and bookkeeper at Jacksboro Middle School.
“I paid my $10 and I put my ad out there and I support my supervisor,” she said.
A conversation among friends sparked interest in paying for the message to run, Farmer said.
“I’m not against anyone else, I just think Mr. Poston’s done a good job. He’s got an open door policy. He’s a kind man. Anytime you go to talk to him, he listens and I just have a lot of respect for him and it’s not I would be against whoever replaces him, it just concerns us. We’ve just had bad experiences before and we’re just concerned,” she said.
Poston hadn’t seen the sign, he said.
“I’ve not got to see it, I’ve just heard about it,“ he said. “It’ll humble you.”
Farmer likened the display to putting a bumper sticker on a car.
“It’s not a political thing, it’s not a mean thing, it’s not vindictive,” she said. “We just wanted to show our support.”
The board of education is set to discuss Poston’s contract in a special called meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at the Campbell County Court House. It’s a meeting Poston doesn’t know if he’ll attend.
“Well, I’ve not been invited, so I don’t know,” he said.
Farmer plans to attend and watch the proceedings.
“He cares deeply about our kids and I hate to see the man leave,” she said.