Superintendent of Schools, Marcus Chambers, and School Board Members, Tim Bryant and Marti Gardner, Officially Take Office

The Superintendent of Schools, Marcus Chambers, and School Board Member, Tim Bryant, were officially sworn into office at the November 17th School Board Organizational Meeting. Newly elected School Board member Marti Gardner, who was previously sworn in, was unable to attend but was also recognized. Elise and Caroline Foreman, Bob Sikes Elementary School, led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Superintendent of Schools, Marcus Chambers

Superintendent of Schools, Marcus Chambers thanked his father, CMSGT Les Chambers, USAF, Retired, for swearing him in and thanked his family stating, “I would not be here without them and they have supported me every step of the way. From being a substitute teacher all the way to being Superintendent of Schools. I am so grateful. I want to say to the citizens of Okaloosa County, I am so proud to have your trust and am humbled and grateful for this opportunity. This is all about our students and employees and about making a difference in the lives of kids each and every day.”

Chambers went on to say, “I want to say to our teachers, educational support professionals, and principals, who I believe are amongst the hardest working individuals anywhere especially during this time, I want to thank them for their support. I want to thank them for what they do each and every day. I want to thank the School Board and I appreciate the fact that we are working as a team and we are going to do great things for this school district.” He concluded by thanking his friends in the audience for their support and for helping him get to where he is today.

School Board Member, Tim Bryant

School Board Member, Tim Bryant, was sworn into office by former School Board Member, Cathy Thigpen. “First of all, I would like to thank God above for giving me this opportunity to serve the people of Okaloosa County and to have the trust in faith and the people of Okaloosa County, the teachers of the Okaloosa County School District, the students, and all of the support personnel,” said Bryant. “I am truly humbled to be here again tonight; to be able to serve four more years as School Board Member for District Four. I would also like to thank my wife who was unable to be here tonight, without her I would not be in the position that I am today. She is watching the live stream unfortunately, just like our Honorable Mrs. Gardner, as she is in quarantine tonight. I just know without her I could not be in the position I am in. I would also like to thank my children, Timmy and Trevor, who are unable to be here tonight but are watching via live stream.”

Bryant concluded, “To the people who have entrusted me to be on the School Board, I appreciate your trust and your faith, and I am humbled to be here tonight. I look forward to serving four more years on the Okaloosa County School Board.”

Newly elected School Board Member, Marti Gardner, was unable to attend the Organizational Meeting and had previously taken the oath of office. Attending the meeting via phone, Gardner started by thanking the School Board members for their kind words and stated that she was looking forward to working with each of them. “I know that we're going to make a tremendous team as we go forward.”

Gardner continued by thanking her family members for their support and assistance during the campaign. “I just want to thank my family. I love them dearly and I truly do appreciate all of their support.” She concluded by saying she wanted “to thank the citizens of Okaloosa County for their trust and your support. I do believe that public schools are the backbone of our community and I know that we will work hard together to ensure the transparency with the new upcoming exciting projects that we have facing us. We have the very best teachers, employees, and students. Our schools are going to be the very best they can be, because of our community and of those individuals that I have mentioned.”