Hoza to lead School Board

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The Hayden School Board last week elected Brian Hoza as its president.

Former president Kurt Frentress, who remains on the board, nominated Hoza for the position.

Other School Board members will continue in their roles: Jody Camilletti as vice president, Patty Bruchez as treasurer and Troy Wertenberger as secretary.

"I'm just really honored to be trusted to help guide the board and serve as president for a while," Hoza said Tuesday.

The change means Hoza will take more of a leadership role on the board -- facilitating meetings and representing the district and the collective views of board members, he said.

"Kurt has obviously done an excellent job in that capacity over the years," Hoza said, adding that Frentress led the board through challenging budgetary and other decisions.

"It kind of creates some big shoes to fill," Hoza said.

Hoza and Frentress, who both ran uncontested in the November election, took their oaths of office Nov. 16.

Bruchez, who defeated Jeff Fry to keep her seat, took the oath earlier this month.

Board members' different skills make for a well-rounded board that takes a team approach to issues, Hoza said.

He expects the School Board to play an increasingly important role working collaboratively in the community on growth issues and continuing to round out academic and career options for students.

Maintaining a solid budget amid stagnant student enrollment and working to improve student achievement are among other issues facing the board.

"We certainly have challenges, and we want to continue to work through those," he said.

-- To reach Tamera Manzanares, call 871-4204 or e-mail tmanzanares@steamboatpilot.com.

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