Four school board members pledged to provide strong leadership for the students and staff of Richmond County Schools on Thursday.
Jerry Ethridge, Wiley Mabe, Tom McInnis and Cathy Wilson, each took the oath of office to become members of the Richmond County Board of Education. District Court Judge Amy Wilson led the ceremony as family members watched.
Newcomer Jerry Ethridge is a recently retired educator and says he will be focused on connecting with the students, staff and parents—all of the stakeholders who are directly touched by the school system.
“I don’t have an agenda,” Ethridge said. “I simply hope to help make lives better. I want to spend a lot of time in the schools.”
Cathy Wilson has served on the school board previously and said she is eager to return for another opportunity to impact education. She was elected to a two-year term, left open by the death of board member Ed Ormsby.
“I’m very happy to be back. I have the best interest of our students at heart,” Wilson said. “I also have a vested interest in our faculty and staff. We have a responsibility to take care of our students and employees.”
Wiley Mabe and Thomas McInnis were both re-elected to the Board. Following the swearing-in ceremony, the Board continued with scheduled business items.
Ethridge, Mabe and McInnis were elected to four-year terms.