New school board member Bradley sworn-in at Southside
With her husband and three daughters looking on, Dani Bradley took the oath of office and officially began her four-year term on the Woodford County Board of Education during a swearing-in ceremony at Southside Elementary School Jan. 4.
“This is a big day for me,” said Bradley, “and I’m happy to get to share it with all of you.”
While answering questions posed by students, she told them the oath taken by a school board member is similar to the one administered to the President of the United States and that she was a frequent volunteer in the schools before being elected to serve on the board.
“I started thinking about running for school board two years ago,” Bradley told students.
“What made me want to be a school board member? All of you,” she said. “I want to do everything I can to help all of you get the best education that we can offer you in Woodford County schools.”
Bradley acknowledged that she’s not sure how hard it’ll be serving on the board. “I’m sure sometimes, like anything, you have to make hard choices. But I think it’s a lot more rewarding than it is hard – getting … to see all of your accomplishments and (having an opportunity to) learn from you.”
Bradley (District 5) and Allison Richardson (District 2) were elected to serve on the board last November. Their first meeting as board members, alongside Chair Ambrose Wilson IV, Vice Chair Debby Edelen and Sherri Springate, is scheduled Tuesday, Jan. 22. The board normally meets on Mondays, but the meeting was moved to Tuesday because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21.
“The school board has a very, very important job,” schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins told students at last week’s swearing-in ceremony, “because they kind of set the rules for our school district. Kind of like the (state) legislature makes the laws for Kentucky. The school board kind of makes the laws – the policies – for our school district. So they have a very important job.”
Hawkins also cautioned the third-, fourth and fifth-grade students that Kentucky’s oath of office is over 200 years old and has words that “are a little bit unusual” – alluding to a passage asking Bradley to swear she has “not fought a duel with deadly weapons within the state …”
Bradley could not help but smile when Woodford District Judge Mary Jane Phelps – “wearing her official robe” – read that passage of the oath.