Bernath elected VP of school board

Sandy Springs resident Julia Bernath, who represents parts of Sandy Springs, Roswell and Alpharetta on the Fulton County Board of Education, was elected vice president of the school board at its work session Jan. 13.

She served as president the past two years.

Bernath has been on the board since 2000 and is the president of the Georgia School Boards Association.

At the same meeting, Sandy Springs resident Gail Dean was sworn in for her third four-year term on the Fulton Board of Education. Dean represents parts of Sandy Springs and East Lake and all of Hapeville.

Linda Schultz, who was sworn in for her second term representing south Fulton, was elected the board’s president.

Student represents Georgia at inaugural

Sandy Springs Middle School eighth-grader Jonathan White served as a Georgia representative at the Junior Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference in Washington in connection with the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Junior inaugural scholars got to meet with political experts including former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Vice President Al Gore. They also attended an inaugural ball.

Marguerite Regan, the dean of academic affairs for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC), which sponsored the conference, said: “We certainly hope this will inspire the next generation of U.S. leaders.”