The Jackson County Board of Education gets one more chance to appoint a new member before the state basically takes over.

Last week, the school board met in special called meeting to fill the slot left with the passing of board member Cecil Gant. Three nominations were made during the meeting, but none passed.

Linda Smith and Dwight Griffith, both retired after long careers in education, along with Chris Knight, a salesman for Pepsi, were nominated.

Smith and Griffith both know the ins and outs of education and children, making either one a quality board member. Knight possesses a non-education resume, which many feel is what school boards should be made of.

Maybe it will be someone else. Either way, the school board needs to make the appointment. It meets again on Friday, June 21. If they can’t come upon an agreement, state school superintendent Eric Mackey will make the decision.

The school board is elected to make tough decisions. Now it’s time to come together, make an agreement and serve the people of Jackson County.

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