CAIRO — The Grady County Board of Education has selected Gerald Goosby to serve the final year of the term of former school board member Laura Register.
Goosby,a Cairo High School graduate of the class of 1991, was appointed to the District 3 seat Wednesday afternoon in a special called meeting.
"I have a burning desire to give back and do everything in my power to ensure that our students are prepared for the challenges ahead," Goosby stated in a letter to the Grady County school board last month.
Goosby has also received a degree in political science from Valdosta State University in 1996 and a master's in urban and regional planning from Florida State University in 2009. He is a father of four children who are also products of the Grady County school system and is currently employed with the Florida Department of Transportation as a planning manager, overseeing the Strategic Intermodal System office.
Prior to his employment with the Florida DOT, Goosby held several positions in the field of urban planning.
Though several names were suggested to serve on the board following Register's resignation, Superintendent Kermit Gilliard said Goosby was the only candidate who submitted a letter of interest as had been requested.
The term Goosby was named to will expire in December. If Goosby wishes to retain the seat in 2021 he will have to run for election in his own right in March. Also up for election later this year will be fellow school board members Teresa Hardy and Jeff Worsham.
Goosby is the first African-American male and the fourth African-American overall to ever serve on the Grady County Board of Education.
For the first time ever, the Grady County school board will have two African-Americans serving concurrently. Goosby will be joined on the board by Hardy, herself the third African-American school board member following Oshie Williford and Mary Henderson.
Register, District 3's previous representative, resigned Dec. 31 after 13 years on the board to focus on legislative and advocacy work with her personal consulting business.