• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Northside students witness swearing-in ceremony

Students at Northside Elementary School witnessed Woodford District Judge Mary Jane Phelps administer the oath of office to Ambrose Wilson IV, who begins his seventh four-year term on the Woodford County Board of Education this month. Following his oath of office ceremony on Monday afternoon at Northside's gym, Wilson told students that he strives to make a difference in their lives, and the lives of teachers and school district employees. He also talked about the value of listening to other points of view to "come up with the best solution" as a school board member. Wilson and Phelps then answered students'questions. Phelps talked about the challenges of her work as a district judge and Wilson explained why being a school board member "is really not a hard job" because of the quality teachers, school administrators and support staff in the district. Wilson described not having enough dollars to pay for all of the needs in the school district as the most difficult part of his job as a board member. "We know there are things that you need, but we just can't do everything. That makes our job hard. But for the most part it is not a hard job because of excellent people that we work with. And we get to see you." and witness the meaningful difference we can make in your lives, he said. Schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins told the third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students in attendance, "We started doing this a few years ago because we thought it would be important for our students to be able to see an elected official being sworn-in and taking their official oath of office." He then explained that each member of the Woodford County Board of Education represents one of five areas (known as districts) in the county. Wilson represents Northside Elementary's district "so that's why we're doing the ceremony here today," he added. Two other board members, Sherri Springate and Margie Cleveland, who were also reelected last November, are scheduled to be sworn-in during ceremonies at Southside and Huntertown elementary schools on Friday afternoon. "Our school board members do very important work and they make a lot of decisions," Hawkins told students on Monday afternoon. Replacing the HVAC system and gym floor at Northside Elementary in Midway are among recent important decisions made by board members, he said.

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