On Thursday night, the Huntsville City Council voted to elect a new District 5 board member for Huntsville City Schools.
Council Bill Kling nominated Carlos Mathews and the board voted unanimously to approve.
Mathews told WAAY 31 he has several things he will focus on when he is sworn in. One his main concerns is making sure the district has its finances in order after the district got into financial trouble last year, "I want to make sure we have processes and procedures in place to make sure those type of things dont happen again. Another thing I want to do is make sure we're moving forward on the desegregation case, so we can get those green actors to move forward with that case as well," said Mathews.
The board's president, Beth Wilder, did not have a firm date on when Mathews will be sworn in, but she said he will be sworn in before the July 11th meeting.
Before the meeting, Councilman Kling told WAAY 31 he would nominate Mathews, who's made a run for the seat twice. Kling said even though he lost, he received more than 40 percent of the vote, which shows support in the district.
Earlier this month, the city council narrowed down the candidates to five to fill the vacant position after Pam Hill resigned in May, citing her health and desire to spend more time with her grandchildren.