FLORENCE, S.C. — Elder Alexis D. Pipkins Sr., a Florence One Schools trustee, was sworn into another term on the board at a ceremony held Tuesday evening on the steps of the Poynor Adult and Community Education Building.
He defeated Robert V. Gabriel in the Nov. 3 general election, receiving 64% of the votes.
Pipkins' oath of office was administered by Bishop Kenneth J. Swaringer.
First elected in 2000, Pipkins is the longest-serving African American on the nine-member board ahead of suspended Rev. E.J. McIver and John Galloway.
Pipkins also is the second-longest tenured member of the board behind Chairman S. Porter Stewart II.
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I cover the city of Florence, the county of Florence, the state legislative delegation of Florence County and surrounding areas, and the federal delegation representing the Pee Dee for the Morning News.