Local businesswoman Wendy Bennett Puryear has been appointed to the district four seat on the Pierce County Board of Education.
Puryear, a resident of Mershon, is the co-owner of the Huddle House and Surcheros Restaurant in Blackshear.
She and her husband, Doug, have two children.
The school board voted to appoint Puryear to the seat at their regular meeting Monday night.
She succeeds longtime district four representative Duward Boatright. The vacancy occurred when Boatright was appointed chairman of the board of education. He had to resign the district four seat to be appointed as chairman.
Boatright filled the vacancy at chairman created by the resignation of former chairperson Linda Zechmann August 14.
Zechmann resigned becahse she and her husband, retired local optometrist Dr. John Zechmann, have relocated to South Carolina.
Boatright will serve as chairman and Puryear will serve as the district four representative until the next general nonpartisan school board election. The procedure outlining the process for filling a vacancy is included in the 1982 law in the Georgia Code creating the Pierce County Board of Education.
The next nonpartisan school board election will be held in the summer of 2022.
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