Members sworn in to BOE

New Elmore County Board of Education members David Jones, left, and Wendell Saxon, right, participated in their first meeting after their induction on Nov. 28. (Amalia Kortright/The Herald)

Two new members were sworn into the Elmore County Board of Education during a Nov. 28 meeting.

The meeting was the first for recently elected members Wendell Saxon and David Jones. Elmore County Public Schools Superintendent Richard Dennis said he is excited to have both on the board.

“We have a great board, and I think that both of these gentlemen will be a welcome addition to what we already have,” Dennis said. “I’ve had the opportunity to get to know David over the past six to eight months, and Mr. Saxon was a parent at Wetumpka High School when I was the principal there.”

After the swearing-in ceremony, BOE chair Mike Morgan and vice chair Dale Bain were reappointed to their positions.

Saxon, who replaced former District 2 representative Patrycya Tucker, was sworn in by United States Magistrate Judge of the Southern District of Alabama Sonja Faye Bivins.

Saxon was elected via write-in votes during the Nov. 6 general election. When ballots were initially printed, no candidates formally qualified, which left the position vacant.

According to Saxon, efforts for his campaign began about a week before the day of the election. For the duration of his term, Saxon will represent parts of Millbrook and Wetumpka.

“I think (the first meeting) was very productive. There are some good things on the horizon,” Saxon said. “I appreciate the residents of District 2 voting for me, having confidence in me and giving me the opportunity to serve.”

Jones, who ran unopposed in the general election, was sworn in by Elmore County District Court Judge Glenn Goggans. Jones replaced District 3 representative Mark Nelson and will represent parts of Millbrook and Holtville.

Jones said he decided to run because of his desire to serve local students.

“I saw a need and an opportunity to serve in a capacity that would help our boys and girls going forward. Any time I can help, I want to help.” Jones said. “Right now, I’m going through a learning process.”

District 7 incumbent Joey Holley, who also ran unopposed during the general election, was also sworn in by Goggans. Holley represents residents of the Eclectic area.