LIMERICK — It was a long road, but Clinton Jackson is officially a member of the Spring-Ford Area School Board as of Monday night’s workshop meeting.
Jackson was sworn in by District Judge Walter Gadzicki with his two daughters and wife at his side shortly after the start of the meeting in Spring-Ford Area Senior High School’s cafeteria.
“My thoughts are (that) the process is complete,” Jackson said after the meeting. “Time to move forward in the best interests of the school board.”
“I’d like to welcome you, Clinton, to the board,” said Board President Joe Ciresi. “We are now nine-strong and we look forward to working together with you. And we expect a committee report from you tonight so...”
“Finance or property?” Jackson replied, smiling.
“No, no, it’s a new committee,” Ciresi joked back.
Montgomery County Judge Bernard A. Moore selected Jackson over fellow petitioner Janet Stokes, a former school board member, earlier this month less than 24 hours after the two testified before him in a hearing.
The school board, with just eight members at the time, split 4-4 between Jackson and Stokes in three different votes stretching over two meetings in February.
Four initially interviewed for the position opened by Julie Mullins’ election to serve as Upper Providence tax collector in early January, but Jackson and Stokes were effectively chosen as finalists by the board.
They were the only two who filed petitions for the Region II seat after the school board could not decide on either one and the decision passed on to Moore.
Following Monday night’s meeting, Jackson was approached by a host of school board members, district personnel and members of the public offering congratulations and shaking his hand.
Check out a Twitter recap of Monday night’s workshop meeting.