Council reappoints incumbents, selects Carter, to oversee Asheville City Schools

Asheville City Board of Education members Shaunda Sandford and Martha Geitner faced tough questions from Asheville City Council at an interview session on March 26. But at Council’s regular meeting that same evening, the two were unanimously reappointed to four-year terms on the board.

James Carter received five votes to fill the unexpired two-year term of James Lee, who recently relocated to accept a new job. Both a product of and former parent in the Asheville City Schools, Carter works in community outreach for United Healthcare and has served on a number of local nonprofit boards, including the Literacy Council of Buncombe County and Children First/Communities in Schools.

Mayor Esther Manheimer and Council member Julie Mayfield, however, cast their votes for ACS parent and small-business owner Pepi Acebo to fill the remainder of Lee’s term. He provided detailed responses to Council’s written questions prior to the interviews.

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