New board members sworn in, officers elected

Board welcomes two new members, elects chair and vice chair

Nov. 17, 2020 – The Duval County School Board welcomed two new members to its ranks during a special ceremony on Tuesday.

Dr. Kelly Coker (district 1) and Cindy Pearson (district 3) were officially sworn in as the Board’s newest members after winning their respective elections in September.

They are replacing term-limited Ashley Smith Juarez and Cheryl Grymes who helmed their last regular board meeting on Nov. 9.

Board members Warren A. Jones (district 5) and Lori Hershey (district 7), who both won their reelection bids in September, were also sworn in.

After the swearing-in ceremony, the Board took its annual vote to elect new officers.

Board member Elizabeth Andersen was elected to serve as the new chair while Board member Darryl Willie was elected vice-chair. Chairs and vice-chairs are elected annually and serve a one-year term.

“I am grateful to former Board Chair Warren Jones and the many leaders that have come before me for laying a foundation for success,” said Andersen. “I am honored to serve the community as chair of the Duval County School Board.”

The make-up of the new Board is as follows:

  • District 1 – Kelly Coker
  • District 2 – Chairwoman Elizabeth Andersen
  • District 3 – Cindy Pearson
  • District 4 – Vice Chairman Darryl Willie
  • District 5 – Warren Jones
  • District 6 – Charlotte Joyce
  • District 7 – Lori Hershey

Photos from Tuesday’s ceremony are available here.