At last night’s Board of Education (BOE) organizational meeting re-elected board member Marie MacKay and newly elected board members Robert Szatkowski and Patrick Uhteg were sworn into office.
Following the swearing in of the board members, nominations to elect the president and vice president for the 2011-12 school year were entertained. Board member Ken Graber nominated Dave Zalenski to fill the president position. As no other nomination was forthcoming Mr. Zalenski was elected and sworn into office.
Zalenski nominated Brenda Christopher for the vice president position. Wendy Buchert was nominated by departing BOE president Marie MacKay who chose not to seek either office this year. Ms. Christopher was elected by a 4-3 ballot count.
Newly elected BOE president Dave Zalenski declared he would be remiss to not take the opportunity to welcome aboard the two newly elected board members and to thank them for participating in the process to serve on the board.
Zalenski commended departing president Marie MacKay for joining the ranks of Franklin Roosevelt for being elected to her fourth term. “I would also be remiss if I didn’t offer my personal thanks to Marie for showing the leadership and stewardship that she did over the last two years; the time when I joined forces here. She was a great inspiration to me and helped me whenever I asked and was willing to answer a question, always taking my phone calls. She built a foundation here to lead this district by setting a great example. To Marie we all a debt of gratitude for her leadership last year and for the services she provided for the board beyond that.”
Lancaster Central Teachers Association (union) president Eric Przykuta welcomed the two newly elected board members and the newly elected president and vice president, failing to recognize the re-election of Ms. MacKay and welcoming her back to the BOE. In a tone this individual would consider snarky (for whatever reason) he added that the LCTA was looking forward to working with the realigned BOE. Very unprofessional.
It was announced that a letter had been received from the county stating that the Cemetery Road Bridge would be closed for reconstruction from July 11th to September of this year. Yet there have been town and county announcements that both the Cemetery and Pavement Road Bridges and certain sections of both roads would be closed until September of 2012.