Fulton County school board swears in new District 1 member

Roswell resident Katha Stuart has been sworn in as District 1 representative for the Fulton County school board, succeeding Linda Schultz, who stepped down last month to begin retirement.

A 20-year resident of District 1, which includes areas in Alpharetta and Roswell, and a parent of two teenagers, Stuart has served in various PTA and School Governance Council (formerly Local School Advisory Council) roles at Mountain Park Elementary School, Crabapple Middle School and Roswell High School.

She also has been a part of the Superintendent’s Community Advisory Committee since 2009. At the local and state PTA level, she has served as a vice president of programs for the North Fulton Council PTA and as a committee member for the Georgia PTA.

Stuart was sworn in at a Fulton school board meeting on Tuesday. Following Schultz's announcement, the school board asked potential replacement candidates to submit letters of interest with a resume. From these, the board selected Stuart as its finalist to serve out the remaining months of Schultz's term, which ends Dec. 31, 2016.

Filling out that term does not guarantee a future seat on the board. Candidates must still qualify with the Secretary of State’s office and run during the November 2016 election.

Stuart holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Georgia State University and has held previous roles as a regional vice president for both Berger Funds and INVESCO Funds Group.

She and her husband, John, live in Roswell with their two daughters who are in their sophomore and senior years at Roswell High School.