Bridgette Crawford, a longtime member of the Simpson County Board of Education, announced her retirement at the school board's meeting Thursday, May 17.

"I've enjoyed being on for 18 years with great board members and a wonderful superintendent," Crawford said.

Serving on Division 1's school board seat, Crawford represented the West Door, Harristown and Prospect Hill voting precincts. Her term extends to 2020, which means Kentucky's Commissioner of Education is officially responsible for appointing an interim board member.

According to Superintendent Jim Flynn, the school board will operate as a four-member body until a replacement is named, with their decisions still requiring a three-vote majority to take effect.

"She's been a good board member," Chairperson David Webster said. "We've had a lot of trips and training sessions over the [years we've worked together] and she'll be missed."

A lifelong Franklin resident, Crawford attended Western Kentucky University after graduating from FSHS.

"Nobody exemplifies what it means to be a Wildcat any more than Bridgette Crawford," Flynn said. "So, thank you for your service."

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