Muskegon Board of Education Instates Two Members, Elects Rev. Louis Churchwell As Board President

Tuesday’s meeting also saw the installment of Tasha Bibbs-Oakes and Earl “Bill” O’Brien to the board. Oakes defeated O’Brien on Election Day in November 2011. Last week, O’Brien received the appointment to Poole’s old seat. O’Brien was chosen among a pool of four candidates, including DeMario Phillips and Debra Brazil Griffin, who both ran unsuccessfully in November.

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President Rev. Charles Poole to Step Down After 22 Years on Muskegon’s Board of Education

Rev. Poole advocated for departing board member Earl “Bill” O’Brien to fill the vacancy in his comments Tuesday. O’Brien recently lost reelection, coming third in a field of four candidates vying for two seats. “Bill is needed at this time in ways many don’t even realize,” said Rev. Poole.

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