Tilley Fills Steele’s School Board Seat

The Stephens County Board of Education fills its vacant seat.

Tuesday, the school board voted to appoint Steve Tilley to fill the seat vacated at the end of last month by Jerry Steele representing District 1, Post 2 on the Stephens County Board of Education.

The Board of Education’s vote to appoint Tilley was 4 to 2.

School Board Vice-Chair Dr. Elizabeth Pinkerton and Board members David Fricks, Sandra Childs, and Jim Ledford voted in favor of the motion to appoint Tilley.

Board members Jeff Webb and Tony Crunkleton voted against the motion.

Tilley was selected out of a group that included Inger Neal and Jimmy Howard.

Dr. Pinkerton said the board had a difficult decision in naming an appointment because of the three very good candidates that applied for the position.

“We are delighted to have Steve join us,” said Dr. Pinkerton. “We are delighted to have three candidates that were all excellent come out and think about joining us. It is a difficult job. There are a lot of decisions to be made. I think Steve will be very good at it.”

She noted that Tilley has experience serving on numerous other boards and says that experience could help the Board of Education.

Dr. Pinkerton said the school board appreciates all three of the candidates that submitted their names and went through the interview process with the Board of Education last Thursday.

Tilley will serve the remainder of Jerry Steele’s un-expired term on the Stephens County Board of Education.

That term runs through December 2014.

Meanwhile, the Board of Education is expected to select a new Board Chairman next month.

Steele had served as chair until leaving the board and last month, school board members decided to wait until August when the vacancy had been filled to elect a new chair.

Steele announced in May that he would leave the school board at the end of June. Steele’s son took over as principal at Stephens County High School on July 1.

When announcing his decision, Jerry Steele said he did not want there to be the appearance of a conflict of interest.