The Mobile County school board today unanimously selected Tracie Roberson to fill its vacated District 4 seat.
Roberson is scheduled to be sworn in as a member of the board on Friday at noon.
“Education is very important to me,” Roberson said. “I feel this is a way to give back to my community.”
Roberson, a local attorney and adjunct instructor, 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. “If there’s a way to make it No. 1, I am willing to do that.”
She will take the seat vacated by Levon Manzie, who was elected to the Mobile City Council. About seven months remain on her term.
The board publicly interviewed 19 applicants for the seat last week.
“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,” said board President Bill Foster.
According to her resume, Roberson is a solo practitioner with 13 years of legal experience in areas including Social Security, criminal and civil law as well as municipal law. She has demonstrated success in negotiating win-win compromises, such as conflict resolution and mediation.
As an adjunct instructor at Kaplan, she also counseled at-risk students to try to assist them in improving their attendance.
She has 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.
Board member Don Stringfellow made the motion to appoint Roberson.
“We had so many good people that applied and we were extremely lucky for that,” Stringfellow said, adding that “Mrs. Tracie Roberson will do a very professional job.”
Roberson said she has seen MCPSS’s It Starts With Us campaign.
For her, that means: “Making my community a better place to live,” starts with us.
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