Motlow Academic Dean Sid Hill will fill the vacant seat on the Tullahoma City Schools Board of Education until August 2020.
At the Monday night meeting of the Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Alderman, Hill was nominated and approved by the city board to take the seat left open by the May resignation of Dr. Steve Lynn.
Hill was one of eight applicants for the position. Those interested in serving on the school board were asked to fill out a citizen participation form and list their reasons for wanting to serve the students of Tullahoma by June 19, according to City Administrator Jennifer Moody.
Those who applied were Jenna Amacher, Susan Campbell, Harry Conway, Hill, Nick Judkins, Tina Holman Owen, Sonja Tucker and Waters. Another applicant, Susan Harris, requested her name be withdrawn.
All applicants were invited to speak about their applications at the meeting, though only four – Amacher, Hill, Judkins and Waters – were able to make it.
Those who were unable to attend the meeting were able to provide a written statement to the board, each of which was read aloud by Mayor Lane Curlee.
After each statement was heard, nominations were sought by the aldermen. Only Hill and Waters received nominations from the aldermen.
He was approved by a 3-2 vote, with Curlee and Aldermen Robin Dunn and Jackie Duncan voting for Hill. Aldermen Jimmy Blanks and Jerry Mathis voted for Dr. Jim Waters, who was also nominated. Mayor Pro Tem Renee Keene and Alderman Ray Knowis were absent.
After receiving the seat, Hill said he was thankful to the board for opportunity.
“Thank you,” he said. “I’m here to help.”
Curlee thanked Hill for being willing to serve the children of the community.
After the meeting concluded, Hill told The News serving on the school board was something he was meant to do.
“I feel like it’s a calling,” he said.
He also said he felt “wonderful” about the opportunity.
When asked if he would be willing to run for reelection in 2020, Hill said he would.
“I plan on doing all I can do for the students of Tullahoma City Schools,” he said.
Speaking after the meeting concluded, School Board Chairman Pat Welsh said he and the rest of the board, most of which attended the meeting, were looking forward to having Hill on the board.
“We’re excited about him,” Welsh said. “It’s a credit to the school system that we had that quality of applicant, and we’re awfully happy to have Sid.”
When asked what kind of timeline Welsh had for getting Hill sworn in for his duties, he said he would check with Judge Jim Conley about it.
“I’m going to check with Judge Conley tomorrow, and hopefully we’ll swear him in before the study session on the 15th of July,” Welsh said.
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