MCSB member Mullen retires, Charleston joins board

Published 5:27 pm Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Marengo County School Board lost a long-term member when Ernestine Mullen retired after 11 years.

“I think she (Mullen) did an outstanding job through the years,” said Marengo County Superintendent Luke Hallmark said.

Ernestine Mullen has retired from the Marengo County Board of Education. Above she is presented a plaque by past chairman Arthur Hopson with Babs Pritchett.

He said she initially came on the school board to finish out her husband’s term after he passed away. After his term, she ran for a seat on the school board and has since, served 11 years.

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“I think she has always done what was best for the kids in our school system,” Hallmark said.

Freddie Charleston is sworn-in by Marengo County Probate Judge Laurie Hall.

Replacing Mullen will be Freddie Charleston, who was recently sworn in by Marengo County Probate Judge Laurie Hall.

With Charleston at his swearing in were his mother, wife and daughter.

“I think Charleston knows the community and the county,” Hallmark said. “He is a graduate of John Essex and was raised here.”