Birmingham City School Board Elects Leadership

Dr. Lisa Herring, left, Birmingham school superintendent , and board members listen to Richard Franklin, Birmingham-area president of the American Federation of Teachers, during the Community Voice period of Tuesday night’s board meeting.
(Source: Jackie Romine Walburn)

The Birmingham City Board of Education elected new leadership Tuesday night, the first board meeting for the majority of the nine-member panel.  Two-term board member Cheri Gardner was elected president of the board, and new member Douglas Ragland was elected vice president. Gardner, 56, a funeral home director first elected to the District 6 seat in 2013, is one of only three incumbents on the board. The others are Daagye Hendricks, District 4, and Sandra Brown, District 9. Ragland, 60, who retired as superintendent of Midfield schools, represents District 1 and is one of six new members of the

Cheri Gardner was elected president of the Birmingham City Board of Education Nov. 14, 2017. (Source: Jackie Romine Walburn)

board. Other new board members are Terri Michal, District 2; Mary Drennan Boehm, District 3; Michael Millsap, District 5; Patricia Stagner McAdory, District 7; and Sonja Q. Smith, District 8.