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York school board appoints Wells to vacant seat

The York school board has unanimously voted to appoint Dennis Wells of McConnells to a vacant seat on the board.

Wells, 66, will hold Seat 5, which covers a large rural area in the western part of the district. The seat was previously held by Melissa Patterson, who moved out of York and resigned from the board.

Wells, who was one of six applicants for the seat, said he retired eight years ago as human resource director at Duke Energy in Charlotte. He has a Bachelor of Science from Livingstone College. He is married to Bunny Wells.

“It’s my belief that every child deserves a good education, and I would hope I can add some value to that process,” he said.

Wells serves as the president of the York Area Optimist Club and is chairman of the York Housing Authority Board. He also served on several school district strategic planning committees.

Wells is a long time resident of the York who graduated from the former Jefferson High School in 1966.

The board earlier this month voted to appoint Grier Sandifer, senior vice president of the Bank of York, to the vacant seat. However, Sandifer later said he had declined the appointment due to “personal and professional reasons.”

The other applicants for the seat were Austin Dawkins, Diane Howell, Shirley Hamilton and Michelle Totherow.