Cherokee BoE OKs Cromer as interim member
by Michelle Babcock
June 21, 2014 12:52 AM | 1881 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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CANTON — The Cherokee Board of Education will have no vacancies for the first time in two months, when an interim member is sworn in next month.

Five Cherokee County School Board members selected Kyla Cromer as the interim District 1 board member, with Rob Usher absent from the meeting Thursday.

Cromer, 50, of Canton, said she’s excited to be sworn in before the July 23 meeting, and said she can’t wait to take her seat on the board.

“I’m completely thrilled to be able to serve the community,” Cromer said after the board voted her into the interim position.

Cromer said she’s humbled the school board voted her in as the interim board member, and she’s preparing for the job by reading all the material she can.

“I’m excited and thrilled and nervous — and studying the budget,” Cromer said. “There’s a ton of information and paperwork to go along with this position, but I like that. I like to be able to sit and read and find out information, so I’m ready to do that part of the job.”

Kelly Marlow Trim resigned from the board in April, after she was convicted of felonies for lying to police, along with her now husband Robert Trim and associate Barbara Knowles.

Kelly Trim’s resignation from the District 1 seat left a vacancy on the school board for more than two months.

As the interim board member, Cromer will serve until an elected board member can be sworn in after a special election, which will be held Nov. 4 alongside the general election.

Cromer, who already announced plans to run for the position in the special election before being selected as the interim board member, said she plans to run for the elected seat.

Cromer ran against Kelly Trim in the 2012 election, losing by a 24 votes, and said even though she wasn’t elected then, she never stopped investing in the school district.

“I’ve stayed involved in the school district. I’ve kept going to meetings. I’m involved with the PTA,” Cromer said. “I wanted to help serve the education community in Cherokee County, and the next step was getting the appointment to the board.”

Cromer said she’s only missed two school board meetings since the 2012 election, and she has stayed involved with school council and PTA.

The newly selected interim member said she plans to learn everything she can during her time on the board.

“I don’t have any big plans to go in and make waves right now,” Cromer said.

She has lived in Cherokee County for 19 years, Cromer said, and her two daughters attend Woodstock High School.

The board members voted for the interim member by writing their selection on private ballots during the school board meeting Thursday. Cromer was selected out of three applicants, which also included James “Jim” Nicholson and William “Bill” Wuth.

School Board Chair Janet Read thanked the three Cherokee residents who applied for the position, and congratulated Cromer for being voted in as the interim member.

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