Joe Watson, board member at large, was elected unanimously by the other board members. He was nominated by District 1 board member Theresa Lyons.
The chairman’s main duty is to facilitate the meetings, Watson said.
“I am just a regular board member just like the other six as far as I know,” he said.
Watson oversaw the school district’s transportation department from 1988 to 2006, when it increased its number of buses from 60 to more than 200, he said.
“I have knowledge about the operation side because of this position,” Watson said.
Lyons said Watson, who was re-elected to a second term in the at-large post in 2012, also has experience with multiple boards in the county.
His schedule also helps him with the time demands of the job, Lyons said.
“Because he is retired he has a flexible schedule, which a board chair needs,” she said. “I have complete faith and trust in him.”
Also passed were the eight proposed field trips and 28 proposed fundraisers for different organizations.
Field trips included North Paulding High School’s Skills USA students’ trip Thursday to the Honda manufacturing plant in Lincoln, Ala., to “view the workings and safety practices of an automotive manufacturing facility” and North Paulding and East Paulding high schools track teams’ trip to Birmingham, Ala., Friday and Saturday for a track competition.
During the meeting the board heard a presentation from Paulding County High School’s Academy of Science, Research and Medicine.
The academy is in its first year, and only has freshmen students. Students currently are working with Georgia Tech research scientist Tonya Shearer and testing invasive orange cup sea coral. It also recently hosted a medical symposium for students to meet different types of doctors, and took students on field trips to such related facilities as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Academy teachers also told board members their students exceeded standards on their biology End of Course Test, and 100 percent met or exceeded standards on their literature End of Course Tests.
Recognition was given for all of the high school fall athletes of the year including Miles Hemphill of East Paulding for football, Ansley Williams of South Paulding for softball, Michael Williams of South Paulding for boys cross country, Lilly Kidane of East Paulding for girls cross country and Catherine Conley of North Paulding for volleyball.