Forsyth County Schools’s newly elected Board of Education members, District 2 representative Kristin Morrissey and District 1 representative elect Wes McCall were sworn into their office by Forsyth County Probate Court Judge Lynwood D. Jordan Jr. at a ceremony held Tuesday.
This is the third time that Morrissey has been re-elected to serve as representative of District 2, but will be a new experience for McCall, who serves professionally as deputy director of the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety.
In the May Republican primary, McCall beat out opponent Mark Weiss for the nomination taking 53.39 percent of the 3,750 ballots cast.
Neither McCall nor Morrissey faced a Democratic challenger in the November general election.
After reciting the oath of loyalty and oath of office led by Jordan, both board members took a moment to speak to the crowd about their thoughts and hopes for the future.
"It is a privilege and an honor to serve and work with the people of this county," Morrissey said to the crowd. ”It takes a few years to really get your feet wet and I learn more every day."
Morrissey said after the ceremony that in the coming year she will be focused on the individual child, making sure they are well-rounded, happy and doing well academically. She also congratulated McCall, expressing her pleasure at having a new person and perspective on the board.
"Wes brings a totally different perspective to our board and he has fresh ideas,” she said. “I really look forward to looking at things in a different way, because you never want to get stuck in old ways."
In his words to the crowd, McCall expressed his excitement to be a part of the board, explaining that as a public servant now in both the fields of public safety and public education he was ready to use his knowledge to bring the two areas together.
"I think it's a real honor," McCall said. "As a community in Forsyth County, the well-being of our students is number one and it's not just a school district issue, it’s a community issue .. I want to be part of that."