Wiggins takes over District 6 seat

Dr. Dorothy Welch, left, congratulates newly appointed board member Judy Wiggins as teacher Vicki Mayes looks on.

Contributed by Matt Foster

A special election is coming up in November to decide who will take over the seat vacated by Hal Floyd on the Polk County Board of Education at the beginning of the month.

But for the time being, a former educator in the district will be taking over the position on the school board through the end of the year.

The rest of the board voted unanimously to appoint retired educator and administrator Judy Cagle Wiggins to fill the vacated seat until the end of the calendar year.

Wiggins, a retired Polk School District educator and administrator with more than 33 years experience, most recently served as an interim principal. She said she was excited to take over the seat opened with the resignation of Hal Floyd last week.  

"Polk School District has been in my blood, it's all I know. I've worked at almost every school in the district, worked with kids Pre-K all the way through high school," Wiggins said. "I'm real excited, it's certainly an honor to fill in a seat that was formerly filled by someone like Hal Floyd. He was absolutely the best person for this job." 

She said she was also ready to get to work on several issues over the next months, including a decision to hire a new superintendent in the coming months. 

Wiggins will have to give up the seat if she chooses not to run for the open spot on the Board of Education during the November special election to be a Rockmart-area representative. She said she hasn't decided whether she will qualify to run on the special election ballot. 

"It's possible I might decide to run," Wiggins said. "I'm looking into all it right now and will prayerfully try to make the right decision for Polk School District and for me, but mainly for Polk School District. The district's success is what matters most to me." 

Qualifying to get on the ballot as a candidate opens on Aug. 21 during regular period for upcoming 2017 municipal elections.

Floyd gave up the District 6 seat after only 7 full months in office after he learned of nepotism rules that would have prevented him from continuing to serve, or his daughter in law having to give up a promotion to an administrative position.