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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 01/16/13
RCS board elects officers,
swears in trustees
by CHRIS GRAYThe Romeo Community Schools Board of Education has taken shape for the 2013 year.
Observer Staff Writer
During its Jan. 7 organizational meeting, the board voted to select its officers. A motion to elect Ed Sosnoski as board president failed with a 3-4 vote. Anita Banach, Chris Giancarli, Gus Demas and Chris Young were the dissenting votes.
Following that vote, the board elected Banach to resume her role as board president with a 5-2 vote. Sosnoski and Sara Murray were the dissenting votes.
For vice-president, Giancarli was nominated but declined. Board members then nominated Murray, who was supported with a 7-0 vote to continue as vice-president.
Young was nominated to serve as secretary, but decided to withdraw his name. Joe Fortuna was nominated and was approved to resume his position with a 7-0 vote.
Giancarli was then nominated for treasurer. With no other name provided, the board voted 7-0 to approve the nomination.
Both Demas and Young were elected by residents during the Nov. 6 election to serve six-year terms on the board, and were sworn in during the Jan. 7 meeting.
Demas said he was thankful for the support he received, adding he hopes to apply his education experience toward issues like safety and financial concerns.
"These are tough times, and it's going to take a lot of hard work and dedication and a lot of collaboration and some real tough decision making," he said.
Young called it "surreal" to have served in his first board meeting, and said he has felt welcomed by the community since the election.
"I look forward to continuing working on this board and building better communication like I promised in my campaign," he said.
In particular, Young thanked Romeo High School students Martinos Goudiotis, Patrick Cunningham and Austin Tierney for his becoming a board member.