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Hudson Formally Joins CCS Board

Columbus City Schools Board of Education's newest member Mary Jo Hudson joined the board for her first meeting last night. Hudson took the oath of office Tuesday night then took her place at the board table. “I’m happy and pleased to be here to serve with all of you.â€? Hudson replaces long-time board member Carol Perkins who recently retired. Hudson, an attorney, directed the Ohio Insurance Department and was a member of the Columbus City Council. Hudson will serve on the board's audit and accountability committee and said the district’s organizational structure is a matter she looks forward to tackling. “They’re initiating a process to do away with policy governance and move to a more participatory governance and I look forward to working with the board on that," she said. Hudson joins the school board at a critical time. It’s new superintendent Dan Good is trying to move the district forward following an attendance and grade rigging scandal. It also is considering closing two high schools for the first time in more than 30 years.