FRANKLIN - The Franklin school board has chosen Larry Gamble to fill a vacant seat on the board for the next two years.

The board held a special meeting Monday, Jan. 30, to interview candidates who had submitted a letter of interest for the position. They chose Gamble out of a pool of six applicants.

Gamble will fill the seat recently vacated by Meenakshi Ghosh, who notified the board of her resignation on Dec. 15, saying she was relocating.

The seat was not eligible for election in this spring's race because it was vacated after the last Tuesday of November. Per board policy, if a vacancy occurs after that time threshold, the board will appoint someone to fill the seat until the second following spring election.

The seat now occupied by Gamble will be on the ballot in the spring 2018 election.

Gamble and his family have lived in Franklin since 1996, when he moved from South Carolina with his wife and three children.

Gamble holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and has served in the Army and Air Force for 25 years. He was in the Air Force Reserve while working as an airline pilot before 9/11, after which he began active duty for five years, retiring from the military in 2008.

Afterward, he began to explore his hobby of photography more and eventually opened a photography studio.

With all three of his children having graduated through Franklin Public Schools, Gamble praises the schools' quality education and wide opportunities for club and team extracurricular activities.

"I want to improve or maintain the great educational opportunities and make sure the future students of our community can receive a well-rounded education," Gamble said. "Serving on the Franklin School Board provides me with a way to give back to the community and the schools that served my family and children so well."

During his time on the board, Gamble hopes his diverse experiences in Franklin will be an asset to the team. With his youngest child graduating from Franklin High School in 2013, he feels he can relate not only to "empty-nesters" but also to those with children still in the school system.

"I’ve been a farmer, military leader, airline pilot, manager, and small business owner. That diverse background is much like the community where the residents also have varied backgrounds," Gamble said. "We have people from all walks of life sending their children to the Franklin Public Schools with the singular expectation that their children are safe and get a good education; that is a simple yet important similarity we all share."

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