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Julie Nix is appointed to fill the vacancy left by Ed Jamison's resignation. She intends to run for the seat in November.
Julie Nix, the new member of the Franklin County School Board
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The Franklin County School Board voted unanimously Monday to appoint Ferrum resident Julie Nix to replace Ed Jamison, the former board member for the Blue Ridge District and chairman, who resigned in May.
Nix, 42, is a native of Rocky Mount who works as Ferrum College’s assistant director of financial aid. She and her husband, Patrick Nix, an assistant commonwealth’s attorney for Franklin County, have two daughters. One is 8 years old and attends Ferrum Elementary and the other is 2 years old.
“I’m really thrilled to have the opportunity to be a voice for my district,” Julie Nix said Tuesday.
She described Ferrum Elementary as a “fantastic” school and said serving on the school board offers the chance for her to give something back to the school division.
She said she intends to run for the seat in November.
During a closed session Monday, the school board interviewed two people who were interested in filling Jamison’s seat. Neither Sarah Alexander, school board chairwoman, nor Janet Stockton, a spokeswoman for the school district, would identify the other candidate.
In an email Tuesday, Alexander said she was pleased about Nix’s appointment.
“Mrs. Nix brings enthusiasm and commitment to excellence in education that reflects the position of the entire board,” she said. “In addition, her experience at Ferrum College adds to her educational perspective as Franklin County Public Schools continue to provide the best possible learning environment for all students.”
Jamison resigned May 13 to protest the board’s vote that night to eliminate middle school sports and trim about $29,000 from high school sports in an effort to reduce a budget deficit. Ultimately, the board opted not to proceed with those measures.
Nix’s first board meeting will be July 8.
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