The Mobile County Board of School Commissioners issued a resolution Monday honoring Rep. James Buskey, D-Mobile, a former school principal who has been serving in the Alabama Legislature for 42 years.
Buskey, a former principal at Chastang Middle School, has announced that he is retiring as a legislator in November. He retired from MCPSS in 1992.
After being recognized for being a long-time advocate of public education, Buskey presented Superintendent Martha Peek with an honorary pin from the Alabama Legislature. He said she earned it after successfully lobbying state lawmakers for funds to repair tornado damage to Murphy High School from 2012.
Here is the wording of the resolution:
WHEREAS, Rep. James Buskey graduated from Central High School in Mobile in 1955;
WHEREAS, he earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Alabama State University; a math degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an Education Specialist degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder;
WHEREAS, he spent decades working in Mobile County Public Schools, serving first as a classroom teacher at St. Elmo High School; and then as assistant principal of Toulminville and Williamson high schools and as principal at Chastang Middle School;
WHEREAS, he retired from Mobile County Public Schools in 1992;
WHEREAS, while still working for MCPSS, he was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 1976;
WHEREAS, he has served Mobile County faithfully as a state legislator for 42 years;
WHEREAS, he has served as a ranking member of the Ways and Means Education Committee, providing valuable input and support of public schools, as well as in leadership roles in the Mobile County Legislative Delegation, the County and Municipal Government Committee, the Rules Committee and other committees;
WHEREAS, he has announced that he is retiring from the Alabama Legislature effective November 2018;
AND WHEREAS, Rep. Buskey has been an encourager of students, teachers and schools over these past four decades; and his continuous support of public education will be sorely missed;
NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved on Monday, April 23, 2018, that the Mobile County Board of School Commissioners, along with Superintendent Martha Peek, recognizes the outstanding contributions made by Rep. James Buskey while representing the people of Mobile County and of the entire state of Alabama.