The president of Ragland Enterprises, a consulting firm working with minority-owned businesses, will be sworn in today to the Columbus School Board.
In the past, James Ragland has run for Columbus mayor, and he was a finalist to fill a City Council vacancy last year. That seat eventually went to Emmanuel Remy.
The school board seat originally opened up when Dominic Paretti resigned after a sexual harassment scandal. The board received more applications for the vacancy than members thought they could reasonably review, so they tapped former a member to serve on a temporary basis.
Ragland was selected unanimously from a pool of three finalists.