Kyla Cromer was appointed to the seat by the board on Thursday during its meeting. The announcement was made after five of the board members cast ballots on who would be chosen. Board member Rob Usher was not present.
Cromer was in the running alongside retired educator James "Jim" Nicholson and former private school administrator William Wuth.
On Friday, Cromer noted she was "trilled and excited to get started." District 1 residents, she added, are also excited about her tenure.
"They are very excited for me and hope that my leadership style meshes well with the board," she added.
The seat was vacated after the April 30 resignation of Kelly Marlow, who was convicted of felony false statement charges. Cromer faced off with Marlow in 2012 for the seat, which represents BridgeMill and areas of Canton and Holly Springs. Marlow defeated Cromer by 24 votes.
A longtime PTA volunteer with in Cherokee County schools, Cromer has held many offices with the organization including school PTA president, vice president of the Cherokee County Council of PTA and PTA 13th District legislative chair.
“I care about the students, employees and taxpayers of Cherokee County,” Cromer wrote in her application for the position. “Through my experiences as a teacher, community volunteer and PTA leader throughout the district, I have demonstrated the qualities of leadership, teamwork, dedication, public service and humility necessary to represent my community and yet also serve as part of a seven-member board.”
Cromer worked as a public school teacher for seven years in Ohio before moving to Georgia, and served as director of education for Sylvan Learning Center of Woodstock for four years.
Cromer earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education and volunteers with MUST Ministries and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. She and her husband, Randy, have two daughters who attend schools in the Cherokee County School District.