Jackson County School board member Cecil Gant passed away on May 23. He was 81.

Gant, a 1957 graduate of Pisgah High School and Auburn University, spent his life in education. He taught at Scottsboro High School for five years before starting an agriculture program at Section High School, where spent the next 15 years.

Gant spent five years as vocational director at EPCOT before working at the Jackson County Board of Education, where retired after 32 years.

Following his retirement, Gant was elected twice as a county school board member.

“I appreciate his services to Jackson County schools as a teacher, administrator and school board member,” said Superintendent Kevin Dukes.

Dukes said the school board has 30 days to select Gant’s replacement. That could happen as soon as June 5 in the special called meeting, at 5 p.m., in the Teacher Resource Center at the board of education.

“The board has 30 days to pick a replacement,” said Dukes. “It has to be a majority agreement. If they can’t decide in 30 days, it will go to the state superintendent.

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