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Birmingham Board of Education selects a new member

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The Birmingham Board of Education has a new face. Thursday night, it picked a new member to replace former Board President Edward Maddox. He resigned last month after pleading guilty to ethics violations.

Job interviews are almost never easy, but  interviewing for a seat on the Birmingham City School Board? 

Three candidates faced city school leaders, news cameras, and an audience hoping to land the seat vacated by Edward Maddox. 

"I have to speak in front of large groups all the time at my job, but not like this in front of cameras so this was new for me - so a little nervous!" Anissia Hatcher, a candidate said.

"With all the news cameras and with people listening to everything you have to say, you just hope you're not saying the wrong thing," Robert Walker, Jr., a candidate said.

But after two hours of interviews, and a vote, the board picked Carol Clarke.  

"I think the public could see tonight that this board was willing to work together," Dr. Craig Pouncey, State Board of Education said. "We went through a process and the board was very respectful of the participants."

"I think it's the most important thing I've ever done in my life so I really want it to be good and make a good contribution," Carol Clarke, the newest board member said.

She's an executive at Regions bank, and a former city economic development director- as well as a Birmingham City Schools grad.

"I bring a broad view of resources in this community just from working with non profits and the city of Birmingham," Clarke said.

And after cutbacks, layoffs, and a state takeover - she says her challenge is keeping schools open.

"It occurred to me that I could step up and that I had some talent to lend to the process," Clarke said.

Clarke will be sworn in during the next board meeting. 


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