by Michael Monks
THE RIVER CITY NEWS MORE COVINGTON NEWS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
During Wednesday night's meeting of the Covington School Board one citizen asked for board member Denise Varney to resign. It was the first-term board member's first meeting since her and her husband's March 15 arrests following a domestic dispute. "Our kids are supposed to look up to the school board members," said Clinton Jackson of the Eastside neighborhood. "When you have a school board member that has done something violent, our kids should not have this double standard." Varney did not respond during the public portion of the meeting but did speak privately with The River City News afterwards.
"In twenty-one years of marriage it's never happened and it won't happen again," Varney said of the incident with her husband. Both faced domestic violence charges that will be dropped in September following the completion of marriage counseling and pending no further disturbances, she said. "It was not something that was planned. I've apologized to my friends and family for it and ask for privacy in dealing with this personal family matter."
Varney, who was elected in 2010 and is not one of the three members up for reelection in 2012, said that she will not resign. "I don't think this has changed the person that I am or what I do for the kids," she said. "Everyone makes a bad decision along the way and I would hope to be a good role model by showing class and perseverance."