Hudson Formally Joins CCS Board

Mary Jo Hudson (r) formally joined the Columbus City School Board Tuesday night. Hudson takes the seat vacated by long-time member Carol Perkins who recently retired.(Photo: Mandie Trimble, WOSU News Reporter)
Mary Jo Hudson (r) formally joined the Columbus City School Board Tuesday night. Hudson takes the seat vacated by long-time member Carol Perkins who recently retired.(Photo: Mandie Trimble, WOSU News Reporter)

Columbus City Schools Board of Education’s newest member Mary Jo Hudson joined the board for her first meeting last night.

Hudson took the oath of office Tuesday night then took her place at the board table.

“I’m happy and pleased to be here to serve with all of you.”

Hudson replaces long-time board member Carol Perkins who recently retired. Hudson, an attorney, directed the Ohio Insurance Department and was a member of the Columbus City Council.

Hudson will serve on the board’s audit and accountability committee and said the district’s organizational structure is a matter she looks forward to tackling.

“They’re initiating a process to do away with policy governance and move to a more participatory governance and I look forward to working with the board on that,” she said.

Hudson joins the school board at a critical time. It’s new superintendent Dan Good is trying to move the district forward following an attendance and grade rigging scandal. It also is considering closing two high schools for the first time in more than 30 years.

Comments
  • WalkerEvans

    It was a real shame to see Mary Jo Hudson cut out of her very first meeting early at tonight’s CCS community meeting regarding school closure recommendations. The event was scheduled from 6pm to 8pm and ran long until 9:30pm because so many were in attendance to discuss these important issues.

    Mary Jo cut out at 7:10pm, just over an hour into the meeting. Apparently she had something else more important to do.

    Huge thanks to all of the staff, teachers, parents and community members who devoted themselves to the full meeting time on these incredibly important issues.