Jackson takes helm of Okaloosa schools; Destin joins school board

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Mary Beth Jackson

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Published: Friday, November 23, 2012 at 10:45 AM.

CRESTVIEW — A new era was ushered in Tuesday evening for Okaloosa County schools.

New Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson took her oath of office alongside new School Board member Dewey Destin. Cathy Thigpen, who won re-election over two challengers, also was sworn in for a fourth term.

Jackson replaces Alexis Tibbetts, who served as superintendent for the last six years. Destin replaced Chuck Kelley after running unopposed for the seat.

Kelley did not seek a third term.

“I realize what a tremendous responsibility this is and the only thing I can promise the people that voted for me is the bottom of every decision I make will be for the welfare of their children,” Jackson said. “That will be what we measure everything by.”

The ceremony came almost two years after Jackson announced her intention to run for superintendent. She said it had been a long road and that she couldn’t be more pleased to finally be on the job.

“We’re ready and anxious to go,” she said.

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