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Fulton School Board Appoints New President, Vice President
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Fulton School Board Appoints New President, Vice President

FULTON COUNTY, GA -- The first official Fulton County Board of Education meeting of 2011 resulted in a new look for the board table, with new officers and four members beginning new four-year terms.

Outgoing vice president Linda Schultz, who represents District 1, was elected president of the Board of Education for a two-year term.

Linda Bryant, who represents District 4 and is the outgoing president, was elected to a one-year term as vice president.

"Thank you to my board colleagues for this honor," said Schultz after the votes were tallied at the Tuesday, Jan. 20 board meeting. "I will work to make sure that everyone's voice is heard and that the decisions of this board are carried forward."

President Schultz was first elected to the school board in 2005 and represents areas in Alpharetta and Roswell. Before serving on the school board, she advocated for children and public education for more than 12 years. Her experience in education policy ranges from the local school level to Washington, D.C.

At the state level, Schultz has served as legislative chair for the Georgia PTA, where her accomplishments include securing state funding for clinic aides, increasing state funding for education, reducing class sizes and advocating stronger teen driving laws and policies to cut down on underage drinking.

She also served on the State Standards and Grading Committee, which was responsible for developing the new state accountability system required under No Child Left Behind, and was appointed by former Lt. Governor Mark Taylor to the bipartisan Blue Ribbon Young Driver and DUI Study Commission.

In addition to the school board, President Schultz works as a Web consultant for the Georgia School Council Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to education reform and community involvement in schools.

Vice president Bryant joined the school board in 1993 and was re-elected in November 2009 to her fifth term in office. She represents areas in College Park, Fairburn, Palmetto, Union City and southwest Atlanta, and is a former teacher, PTA president, local school advisory committee chair and chair of the Superintendent's Advisory Committee.

She is a past member of the Fulton Education Foundation Board of Directors, the Fulton County Employees' Charitable Fund and the Fulton County Employees' Pension Board, as well as a current and past member of many state-level committees.

In addition to the officer elections, four members begin new terms after being re-elected in November 2010.

Katie Reeves (District 2) and Julia Bernath (District 7) both began a fourth term in office, while Catherine Maddox (District 6) began her second term. Linda McCain, who replaces outgoing member Ashley Widener (District 5), joined the board for her first term.

The Jan. 20 meeting was McCain's first official board meeting. She represents the Alpharetta and Johns Creek areas.

With over a decade of volunteer experience, McCain has served Fulton County on local school councils and PTAs in her children's schools. She has held leadership positions as LSC chair at State Bridge Crossing Elementary and served as a member of the Johns Creek High School Design Review Committee and Fulton County Schools Community Construction Advisory Committee. She also served as co-president of Autrey Mill Middle School's PTA and was a charter member of the school's PTA Organizing Committee.

A native of Ohio, McCain holds a bachelor's degree in business with an emphasis on marketing from Miami University. She is currently employed by Parisia Ltd. as a sales and marketing consultant and has worked as a substitute teacher in Fulton County schools.

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