Jackson takes helm of Okaloosa schools; Destin joins school board

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

About 200 people gathered to welcome Jackson and Destin to their new roles at Shoal River Middle School. A short reception preceded the swearing-in.

The school district opted to hold the ceremony at Shoal River rather than the main office in Fort Walton Beach for several reasons, Jackson said.

Not only did it seem appropriate because she and Thigpen are from the north end of the county, but the school had an area for the reception and a stage for the ceremony.

Jackson, Thigpen and Destin were sworn in by a person of their choice.

Destin said he was looking forward to the challenge. He previously served on the Destin City Council, and said he expects the new role will come with a learning curve.

“I’m going to sit and listen for a while,” he said with a smile.

Thigpen said she plans to continue on the path she began 12 years ago.

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