It took less than three minutes for a new member to be appointed to the Alma School Board during its regular meeting Thursday night.
Carrie Jernigan, attorney and Crawford County justice of the peace, was unanimously approved to be appointed to the board after she was nominated by board member Randy Coleman.
“I started kindergarten in the Alma School District and I graduated from the Alma School District,” Jernigan said. “It’s a huge honor (to be appointed) and I’m so grateful.”
Jernigan has been a partner at Settle-Jernigan law firm in Van Buren for seven years and a practicing attorney for 10 years, she said. She was first elected to serve as justice of the peace for District 11 in 2012.
This was the second time Jernigan had been nominated for an appointment to the board. She was one of two nominees to replace Crawford County District Judge Chuck Baker, who resigned from the board in January 2016 in anticipation of his candidacy for district judge.
Jernigan lost the appointment to Ronnie Newton, a former assistant superintendent with Alma School District.
Board members, including Newton, congratulated Jernigan after her appointment was confirmed on Thursday.
“We look forward to having you,” said Mike Higgins, Alma School Board president. “I know you’ve been excited about it, interested in it…. We know you’ll do a great job.”
Jernigan replaces Nancy Hawking, who resigned from the board for health reasons. Board members officially accepted her resignation Thursday night.
Also during the Thursday meeting, board members approved the reemployment of classified employees and approved employment for Courtney Craft as speech pathologist, Danny Hobson as high school drama director, Katelyn Ferguson Jeremiah as high school art teacher, Kim Loughridge as instructional coordinator, Marti Jo Salisbury as middle school drama teacher, Chris Smith as teacher and assistant football coach, Spring Stout as middle school media specialist, Chelsie Sturdivant middle school teacher, Cory Sturdivant as middle school business teacher and soccer coach and Allison Williams as intermediate school PSC.