I happen to think that Mrs. Rutledge is as (if not more) qualified to sit on the Board as anyone that's currently on it.
That's not saying much, Matthew. The bar isn't exactly high where that bunch is concerned. I also don't really know how someone could (or could not be) "qualified" to sit on the Board of Education. The position is pure fluff. The Superintendent runs the show and the mental midgets who occupy the chairs in the chambers simply do the bobble-head and try not to do or say anything too utterly stupid while people are watching.
Make no mistake about Yvonne and her bleating about keeping politics out of the schools. She is a nasty and vicious partisan. She isn't any more or less intelligent than the other three-sigma types in the "we wuv da skoolz" club. More than one teacher has been skewered by Yvonne, and most of them don't even know it was her. Unlike Sonya Cox, who is not smart enough to be sneaky, Yvonne will slip up behind you, cut out your kidneys, and be gone before you know she was even there.
In any case, the whole process for selecting departed board members is a huge joke. Many are the times that a ringer has been used to place an unelectable substitute on various boards. In the case of School Boards, there is nothing going on that is so pressing that it can't wait for a special election. In the case of the Stokes County School Board, I imagine they could run short-seated for two or three years before anyone even noticed.