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3 sworn-in to new MPS school board

W. Durden Dean sworn in by Wiley Cutts W. Durden Dean sworn in by Wiley Cutts
Melissa Snowden sworn in by Judge Johnny Hardwick Melissa Snowden sworn in by Judge Johnny Hardwick
Eleanor Dawkins sworn in by Judge Pamela Higgins Eleanor Dawkins sworn in by Judge Pamela Higgins

Three Montgomery County Board of Education members were sworn in and new officers were elected at Monday's special called meeting of the board.  

District 3 Representative Eleanor Dawkins and District 5 Representative Melissa Snowden both took the oath of office for the second time. They ran unopposed in the November elections. Former Mayor of Union Springs and businessman W. Durden Dean was elected to represent District 2, replacing Charlotte Meadows.  

Following the swearing in ceremony, Dawkins was elected board chair and District 1 Representative Heather Sellers was elected vice chair. They will each serve a two-year term. Dawkins said she is excited about her new position and is focused on working together to move the system forward.  

"Though we are many members, we are of one mind, and that is to operate in the best interest of our children," said Dawkins. "Working together with Superintendent Thompson we've accomplished many good things. We have introduced several successful programs, strengthened our community partnerships, we've seen several teachers, schools and schools earn state, regional and national recognition, and we have steered this district through some of the most challenging economic times," said Dawkins.  

Vice Chair Heather Sellers said each board member brings diverse experiences to the board, which is its strength.  

"This board is certain to face challenges along the way, but as long as we work together as a team and keep our focus on what is important we will continue to make progress." 

Superintendent Barbara W. Thompson said she is ready to work with the new board, citing a number of important issues on the horizon including the consolidation of central office sites. 

"I'm looking forward to working with the new board as we set a student-focused agenda that addresses where we are now and where we hope to be," said Superintendent Thompson.  "The board has planned a board work session on December 11 to talk about upcoming projects and discuss steps to continue to build on our successes."   

The three board members begin their four year terms today. The recent passing of a constitutional amendment changed the length of service for Montgomery County School Board members from six to four years.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Montgomery Public Schools

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