LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -Lawton Public Schools is welcoming its newest school board member.
Carla Clodfelter was elected Tuesday, Feb. 9, to represent the school board for area one. Several of her friends and family were on hand for Wednesday's ceremony as she was sworn in.
Clodfelter says one of the main reasons she ran for school board is to help keep local schools open.
"I have grandchildren that will be coming up through the Lawton Public Schools system. I've graduated three children through here and me and my husband both graduated from Lawton Public Schools, so we're very excited," Clodfelter said.
She says she's excited and hopes she can be a voice for the people.
"I just want to be a voice for the people, just like I have said and put in my articles, we're concerned about them closing the public school and that's one of the reasons I decided to run. I want to keep our neighborhood schools open and I want to be a voice for the people," Clodfelter said.
Clodfelter also says she is concerned about the safety of the teachers and students in the district and wants to bring back discipline to the local level.