From left, Vikki Johnson, Dallas Hedstrom, James Neshewat, Charlie Douglas, and Kayla Rutherford of Douglas and Hedstrom, P.A. (Not pictured: Edward Hedstrom.)
Putnam County School Board members said goodbye to a longtime “family” member and said hello to some new ones at its Sept. 16 meeting.
The board announced they had chosen the law firm Douglas and Hedstrom to replace retiring board attorney Jim Padgett.
Both Charlie Douglas and Dallas Hedstrom graduated from Palatka High School.
Superintendent Phyllis Criswell said she was excited about the new representation. “To have two attorneys who grew up in our area, went through our schools and returned home to the community is more than we could have hoped for,” she said.
Tuesday was Padgett’s last school board meeting as board attorney. He said after working with the board for more than nine years, he understood why previous board attorney Joe Pickens had referred to them as “a family.”
All five board members and the superintendent told Padgett how much they were going to miss him professionally and personally.