VALDOSTA -- By secret ballot, the Lowndes County Board of Education decided on Jason Wisenbaker to fill Roger Christie's District 4 seat at its regular session Tuesday night.

Christie announced to the board at its work session May 4 that he would step down from the board. Christie was interested in pursuing the director of Transportation position for the Lowndes County School System, and felt stepping down from the board was necessary. Wisenbaker was the only person to qualify for the District 4 position for the July 20 election.

Wisenbaker will be sworn in June 1 at the board's work session at 7 p.m.

The board also presented Christie a plaque, and Dr. Steve Smith, superintendent, thanked Christie for his hard work and service to the board.

The board also heard the first reading of a new policy for electing a chairman and a vice chairman. The current policy allows both positions to be elected per four year term. The new policy states both positions must be elected every year. The second reading of the policy will be at the June 1 meeting.

The current chairman is Bill Fuqua, District 5, and the vice chairman is Wendol West, District 6. Both have qualified for re-election in the July 20 election.

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