MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)-- Following the departure of board member Dan Nash, the Madison County Schools Board of Education welcomed Nathan Curry into the ranks.
Curry is the newest board member representing District 1 and worked against 11 others for the seat.
"This all happened so fast, so right now it's just a learning process," he explained before his swearing-in ceremony Thursday. He immediately jumped into a work session following the ceremony, in which he took an oath to serve faithfully while surrounded by his family.
"I am optimistic about Madison County Schools," he told WHNT News 19. "I want to be a voice for my community. I want to be an advocate."
Curry comes in at a crucial time for Madison County Schools. Not only is it what Superintendent Matt Massey calls a successful first week back to school, but the system is still providing key information to the Department of Justice and moving ahead with a new high school in the Monrovia area.
"I'm ready to dive in," he said, "I'm a fast learner."
Curry said he will provide diversity on the board. "That's something that I thought a lot about," he said. "This is a diverse community. Madison County is extremely diverse, we have all types. To have a diverse board is a good representation of your community."