Ray Ingle says it was an honor to be appointed to the Murray County Board of Education and to be reappointed.
"I've only been on the board a couple of months, so I'm still familiarizing myself with all of the internal workings of the school system," he said. "Being on the board isn't just about going to meetings. There's a lot of homework you have to do."
Ingle was selected on Sept. 24 by school board members to fill the unexpired term for the District 5 seat previously held by Mitchell Wilson, who moved out of the district and could no longer serve on the board. The term ended on Dec. 31 and shortly before that, board members unanimously reappointed Ingle to serve in the seat until a special election is held on March 19. Qualifying begins in February.
A native of Dalton and a sales associate for Floor Productions in Dalton, Ingle has lived in Chatsworth with his wife Marty for 14 years. He said he plans to run for a full term in the seat in the March special election.
"Over the next couple of months, we start working on the budget for the next year," he said. "I want to continue that work."
He said he's not looking to push for any major changes in the school system.
"I've only been on the board two months," he said. "But as I get more familiar with the system, I'll start to offer suggestions if I see things that need to be done. This is a team effort between all the school board and the administration, and I think all of us have the students as our first priority followed by the teachers."