Alexander sworn in as new school board member

Published 9:20 am Thursday, September 7, 2023

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Star Correspondent
Former Elizabethton City Schools superintendent Ed Alexander has been sworn in as a new school board member.
At noon on Wednesday, Criminal Court Judge Stacy Street swore Alexander into office. The swearing-in ceremony was held at council chambers at city hall.
Several family members, school board members and council members watched as Alexander took the oath of office. Street joked that he had been wanting to swear Alexander in for a long time.
Alexander replaces Mike Wilson, who submitted his resignation in August. The school board was tasked with quickly finding a replacement.
During its August meeting, the board approved Wilson’s resignation and developed a plan to choose his successor.
Alexander, who had previously led the school system from 2006 to 2015, submitted a letter to the board. Alexander first became interim superintendent in 2006 and led the district until 2015 when he retired.
“That was a gift laid in our lap,” Board Chairman Eddie Pless said Wednesday.
Pless said Alexander’s commitment to joining to board is a blessing. He added that he believes Wilson is thrilled with Alexander’s appointment.
Richard VanHuss, who became superintendent in 2020, said he could not think of anyone better to serve on the board. He added that the board position allows Alexander to serve on the “other side” after previously serving as superintendent.
“I’m very appreciative of the opportunity,” Alexander said.
Alexander, who previously also served as a teacher and principal at Elizabethton High School, said he hopes to have a positive impact on the school system and community.

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