PERRY -- The Houston County Board of Education is whole again.
After being down a person since February, a new member was sworn in Wednesday.
Bryan Upshaw, who won a special election to fill an unexpired term, was sworn in by Probate Judge Janice Spires before family members, school board members and school staff.
Also sworn in was Rick Unruh, whom the board appointed last March to fill the unexpired term of Tom Walmer. Unruh was sworn in last year, but he was sworn in again because he was elected to the post in May.
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Upshaw won the Post 7 seat that had been held by Dave McMahan, who resigned in February.
Upshaw’s first meeting will be Tuesday, although he attended the school board planning retreat held last week.
“It’s a good feeling to finally have everything culminate after all the campaigning,” Upshaw said. “I look forward to working with the other board members.”
Upshaw and Hoke Morrow won school board seats in the July 22 runoff of the primary election. Morrow wasn’t part of the swearing in because his term doesn’t begin until January. He is filling the Post 6 seat of Jim Maddox, who didn’t run for re-election but is serving out his term. Morrow also attended the planning retreat.
Unruh said he has enjoyed serving on the board in the past year. He did not draw opposition for the special election.
“I’m proud to be a part of the board,” Unruh said.
Board Chairwoman Mariane Melnick attended the ceremony and said it’s good to have a full board again.
“We are very excited with the two candidates who have been elected,” she said. “They are both businessmen and we think they are going to bring a lot to the table.”
To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.