School Board Appointment
He's worked in the county for over thirty years and made history along the way.
Today Governor Charlie Crist appointed Bobby James as the first African American school board member in Marion County in 150 years.
James says he was also the first black principal in Marion County as well as the first black high school coach.
Bobby James says, "I bring a commitment to excellence. I believe in one teacher to one classroom, one school, one community. It's not as though we're separate. I bring a wealth of experience. I understand the education system.
Bobby James says his first priority as a school board member will be to assess the school system and discover ways to continually improve it.
A few of the ideas he expressed today were to better utilize the current facilities that the Marion County school system has now and to come up with a way to engage kids better in the off season.
By Sarah Pusateri WCJB TV20 News
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