The Commerce Board of Education made it official Wednesday night.
The board voted unanimously to make Joy Rice Tolbert its superintendent of schools. She is the first female to hold that position.
Vice chairman Arthur Lee Pattman made the motion, which was seconded by Bill Davis. It passed unanimously without discussion.
The two-year contract will pay Tolbert $125,000 a year and provides for automatic increases equal to any increase in the state minimum salary scale for administrators of equal experience and certification.
With the assistance of the consulting firm of King, Cooper and Associates, the board voted following a closed called meeting on July 31 to declare Tolbert as the “only finalist” selected by the board. Last Wednesday’s meeting was a legal formality.
“We’re excited to have you, Joy,” commented chairman Rodney Gary after the vote.
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