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Legislature: Retired educator picked for state school board

Thomas Shortt of DeBordieu, a retired educator, will represent Georgetown and Horry counties on the state Board of Education.

Members of the Georgetown and Horry county legislative delegations made the selection at a meeting Thursday. The Georgetown County delegation interviewed applicants for the job at a meeting in September, but because the seat is a shared one, couldn’t make an appointment and didn’t choose a nominee.

The other applicants were Donald Russell III and Sharon McCullough of the Pawleys Island area, and Ervin Lambert of Georgetown.

Shortt will replace Gerrita Postlewait, the former Horry County school superintendent, who represents the 15th Judicial Circuit. Her term expires Dec. 31.

"We will be very well represented with Dr. Shortt up there. With his experience, especially in the Virginia education system and what they're doing to maximize the money they have, will go a long way toward improving our education system," state Sen. Ray Cleary said.

Shortt retired as executive director of the Association of Virginia Elementary School Principals. He also worked as a teacher and an administrator in his 40-year career.

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