New school board member appointed

City leaders filled a vacant seat on the Jacksonville Board of Education on Monday.

The Jacksonville City Council appointed Jennifer Sims, whom the city clerk then promptly swore into office as a school board member. Her appointment comes after an hour-long interview process with the the council last week to find a replacement for Mike Poe, who recently resigned.

The council voted for Sims’ appointment during its regular meeting. Sims, who will serve the remainder of Poe’s term through October 2018, will attend her first board meeting Nov. 15.

Sims, who retired from Anniston public schools in 2013, previously ran in 2014 for a seat on the Jacksonville school board. The council chose her from multiple applicants.

“It’s exciting … and the expectation to have the opportunity to do what I’ve wanted to do for some years now, I’m looking forward to it,” Sims said after the meeting.

Sims replaces Poe, who served at his final board meeting two weeks ago after submitting his resignation because he plans to move to Anniston. School board members must live in cities they serve, according to state law.

Superintendent Mark Petersen, who attended the meeting, said he and the rest of the board were looking forward to getting Sims started in her duties.

“We have some activities that will happen this week to get her acquainted with everyone,” Petersen said. “We’ll invite her to the Veterans Day event at Kitty Stone Elementary Wednesday and take her on a tour of the two schools.”

Sims said one of her biggest goals is to help keep the board and its activities open to the public.

“One of the biggest things is to continue openness to the city of Jacksonville and work to make sure all stakeholders know that the board is supporting education and the students,” Sims said.

In other business

Also during the meeting, the council:

• Proclaimed November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and National Family Caregivers Month.

• Approved a water line extension on Forest Drive Southeast.

• Agreed to spend $21,485 to buy a 2018 Ford police interceptor sedan.

• Agreed to spend $7,134.75 for fire truck repairs.

• Agreed to spend $6,900 to buy master meters from Empire Pipe and Supply.

• Agreed to spend $6,349 to buy a water flow meter from CC Lynch and Associates for the wastewater treatment plant.

Staff Writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star.