Residents of District 4 have a voice once again on the Mobile County Public School Board.
The Mobile School Board unanimously selected attorney Tracie Roberson on Nov. 13 to fill the seat vacated by Levon Manzie, who resigned after he won the District 2 City Council election. She will be sworn in to her new position on Nov. 15 at noon.
Roberson, an attorney and adjunct instructor at Kaplan, said she hopes to continue with the progress that Mobile County Public Schools are making.
“Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but there’s always room for improvement,” she said in a press release. “If there’s a way to make it No. 1, I am willing to do that.”
The newest school board member brings not only legal experience, but teaching experience.
Roberson has 13 years of legal experience in areas such as Social Security, criminal and civil law and municipal law. However, she has also counseled at-risk students to try to assist them in improving their attendance and taught at Iowa Central Community College, the University of South Alabama and Virginia College.
Roberson graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montevallo and a law degree from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. She also has a master’s degree in public administration in human resources from Troy University.
She is a member of the Mobile Bar Association and the Alabama Bar Association. She has served on the board of directors of the YWCA and the St. Stephen’s Road Community Improvement.
Roberson has only seven months left in the term before she will have to be elected to the position. There may be some interest in the seat considering there were 19 applicants for the school board position.
Board President Bill Foster said he was excited about not just with Roberson but all the applicants.
“I was extremely impressed, not just with the number of candidates, but with the quality and depth of experience and interest and dedication to those in District 4,” he said in a press release.
Board member Don Stringfellow, who made the motion to appoint Roberson, echoed Foster’s sentiments.
“We had so many good people that applied and we were extremely lucky for that,” Stringfellow said in a press release.“Mrs. Tracie Roberson will do a very professional job.”