For the first time in 12 years, the Jackson County Board of Education will have a new chairperson and vice chairperson.
Lynn Wheeler was named chairperson of the board on Thursday and Tim Brooks was selected as vice chairperson. The board didn’t nominate other members for the positions and the recommendations were quickly approved.
Wheeler replaces Kathy Wilbanks, who served as chairperson for 12 years but didn’t seek an additional term. Jill Elliott, who was also on the school board for 12 years, had served as vice chairperson and didn’t seek re-election.
Wheeler has been serving on the Jackson County Board of Education for six years and is a retired educator with 29 years of experience — most of which was in the Jackson County School System.
Her husband, Tim Wheeler, is a former superintendent for the Jackson County School System.
Wheeler, who lives in Nicholson, is active on the local and conference levels for the United Methodist Women, and is a member of the Jackson County Retired Educators Association and Delta Kappa Gamma.
She has three grown children and one grandchild, and attends Antioch United Methodist Church.