Birmingham Board of Education gets a new member

The face of the Birmingham Board of Education is changing. Monday night the board elected its second new member- filling the District 7 seat left empty by the resignation of Alana Edwards Haynes.

The newest member of the Birmingham Board of Education is Wardine Alexander. She's a business professional with a {}background in technology. She's one of six candidates - who all told us - interviewing for this position isn't easy.{}

"We were looking to see who would best be suited for the seat on the Birmingham Board of Education," April Williams, Board President said.

With an audience and TV cameras, this interview was different than most.

"It was a little nerve wracking at first but they made you feel comfortable," Lonnie Malone, a candidate said. "It is different. First interview I've ever done like that!"

"Would you believe when I sat down I forgot who all was back there!" Patricia Bozeman Henderson, a candidate said.

"It was a humbling experience, it was a bit nerve wracking," Wardine Alexander, the new board member said.

But in the end, Wardine Alexander stood out to 5 of the board members as the best candidate.

"I am deeply humbled at the opportunity," Alexander said. "I am elated at the support of the current board members. My goal is to work collaboratively with the team to make not only the best policies for students in District 7, but {}the students within the city of Birmingham."

Alexander says, with her background in medical technology, her aim is to expand the career-readiness programs offered to students.

"With the career academies, we can foster good graduates who will be ready to move into those careers," Alexander said.

"Along with the new board members, the training that the board is going through, you could see even more cohesiveness in the actions of the board on the recent months," Williams said.

The new board member starts with a busy day tomorrow - at 5:30, the board will vote on phase two - including school consolidations and closings.{}

Back in November, the board voted-in carol clarke. She replaced former school board president Edward Maddox. Maddox resigned as part of a plea deal with the county district attorney's office stemming from ethics violations.