ASHVILLE – Two members of the St. Clair County Board of Education were sworn in last week by St. Clair County Probate Judge Mike Bowling.

Before the meeting started, Marie Manning was sworn in for a second term, while Bill Morris was sworn in for his first. He  replaced Terry Green, who did not seek re-election after 18 years on the board.

Manning said she was looking forward to the next six years.

“I count it a pleasure to represent the people in the Ragland district,” she said. “I just look forward to a lot of good things that we will be able to do next year.”

Morris, the former mayor of Moody, said it’s an honor to serve.

“When you serve and support the children of the county, it’s a pretty good feeling when you speak for them,” he said. “What we do at these meetings is all for the kids, and it’s just a good feeling.”

Once the meeting started, board members agreed to reappoint Scott Suttle as BOE chairman for the fourth year in a row and Manning as vice chairman for the second straight year.

Suttle said he was honored and was glad the board saw fit to ask him to serve in the leadership role again.

“I will try to do my best,” he said. “Mrs. Manning’s contributions to this county have been invaluable. Her experience she brings to this seat is immeasurable, and we are really grateful to have her.”

Suttle said he was also glad to have Morris join the BOE.

“His experience he brings from this county should be tremendously valuable to this board,” he said. “We will be very grateful for his input.”

Manning said it is a pleasure to serve with Suttle.

“He is almost always available and he brings good leadership to the table,” she said. “He makes it easy for a vice chair to do that job, and I enjoy it.”

Contact Gary Hanner at ghanner@thestclairtimes.com.