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Kyla Cromer Appointed To Cherokee School Board

Cromer will be sworn in during the July 23 board meeting, and will serve in the District 1 seat until a candidate is elected in the Nov. 4 special election.

Credit: Patch file
Credit: Patch file
Residents who live in District 1 now have a representative to call their own on the Cherokee County School Board. 

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.

Cromer will be sworn in at the July 23 meeting and will serve until the successful candidate in the Nov. 4 special election is sworn in. That person will serve until the term expires on Dec. 31, 2016. Cromer has stated she plans to run in that special election.

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. 

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