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Board of Education

Next Meeting

Thursday, August 11

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Central Office

Special Called Meeting:

  • Board Member Training
  • Oath of Office, Abigail Clayton

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Cora Fields

Executive Assistant
(828) 586-2311 ext. 1924

Meeting Schedule

2022 2023
July 26 Jan. 24
Aug. 30 Feb. 28
Sept. 27 Mar. 28
Oct. 25 Apr. 25
Nov. 15 May 23
Dec. 13 June 27

Previous Meetings

The Board of Education consists of five members who are elected to serve four-year terms with the terms staggered so that as nearly equal to one-half as possible will expire every two years. All elections are nonpartisan and are held at the time of the May primary election in even-numbered years. School Board members must reside in the district but they are elected county-wide. The superintendent is appointed by the Board and serves as secretary to the Board.

Board Members

Mrs. Elizabeth K. Cooper

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Represents District 1 (Sylva-South Ward, Dillsboro, Barkers Creek, and Qualla)
PO Box 1865
Cherokee, NC 28719
(828) 497-2331

Mrs. Cooper is a successful business woman from the Cherokee area. She has been an active volunteer at Smokey Mountain Elementary School for more than eight years; she has been PTO president, served on the Superintendent’s Community Council, the School Improvement Team and various committees. Mrs. Cooper was appointed to the Jackson County Board of Education by a majority vote on October 29, 2010 to take office on November 1st.  She filled the unexpired term of Mark Brooks whose resignation became effective October 31, 2010. Mrs. Cooper was elected to a four-year term July 2012, 2016, and 2020. Her current term expires in 2024. She was elected vice-chair for a two-year term beginning July 2018 and re-elected vice chair beginning July 2020.

Mr. Wes Jamison

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Represents District 3 (Webster, Savannah, and Greens Creek)

130 November Drive
Sylva, NC 28779
(828) 226-3448

Wes Jamison grew up in Jackson County. He attended Scotts Creek Elementary School, graduated from Smoky Mountain High School, and went on to N.C. State University majoring in structural engineering. About a year after Mr. Jamison returned to the Jackson County, he was hired as an engineer for the N.C. Department of Transportation. Mr. Jamison is married and his children attend Jackson County Public Schools.

Mr. Jamison was elected to serve a four-year term beginning July 2016, and re-elected July 2020. His current term expires in 2024.

Mrs. Abigail Clayton

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Represents District 2 (Sylva- North Ward, Scotts Creek)

PO Box 2314
Cullowhee, NC 28723
(828) 506-1035

Abigail Clayton moved to Jackson County in 1995. She attended middle grades at Cullowhee Valley School, graduated from Smoky Mountain High School in 2001, and went on to attend Western Carolina University earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting (2006) and a Masters in Business Administration (2010). After completing her undergraduate degree Abigail began working for State Employees’ Credit Union where she is a Senior Financial Services Officer. Mrs. Clayton has also been the local program coordinator for Special Olympics North Carolina Jackson County since 2007. Mrs. Clayton is married, and her son attends Jackson County Public Schools.

Mrs. Clayton was elected to serve a four-year term beginning July 2018.

Dr. Lynn Dillard

Represents District 5 (Cashiers, Hamburg, Mountain)

Dr. Dillard has been involved in education and community support for more than 40 years.  She taught at Blue Ridge School for 10 years before continuing her education and opening her own business serving two local school systems and international schools.  She earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and a PhD in Educational Leadership from Emory University.  She has made over 15 national presentations on innovative educational ideas and was selected as “Educator of the Year” by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce.  She has served on the Blue Ridge School Education Foundation for the past 10 years. 

Dr. Dillard was elected to serve a four-year term beginning July 2022.

Mrs. Kim Moore

Represents District 4 (Cullowhee, Caney Fork, River, Canada)

Mrs. Moore is originally from Rutherford County, NC.  She studied accounting at Greensboro College and worked in management and hospitality for more than 20 years.  After owning and selling a catering business, she launched a family coaching service called "Moore Joy in Family" and wrote the book "Are All Adults Grown-Ups?"  She is married with five children and is passionate about reforming and building curricula to include leadership and economics at all grade levels.

Mrs. Moore was elected to serve a four-year term beginning July 2022.