Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs School Board Interim Superintendent Sandra Smyser told the School Board's three new members Monday that they are carrying on a 100-year tradition in being trustees of Steamboat's children.
Municipal judge Paul Sachs swore in Robin Crossan, Laura Anderson and Lisa Brown on Monday night, almost a week after the three women won their respective election races. Brown ran uncontested.
"Even though so much has changed, nothing has changed," Smyser said. "You will, on your time on the School Board, face the exact same issues, concerns and problems that your predecessors faced."
To emphasize her point, Smyser read from the district's oldest archived board meeting minutes, which were dated 1947.
"After discussion regarding finances, weather conditions and other angles, it was agreed that (the School Board) was not ready to make a definite decision on kindergarten at this time," Smyser read from the minutes.
Sixty years later, the board is challenged with implementing all-day kindergarten.
Monday's meeting was a study session, so the new board members weren't presented with any issues that needed an immediate vote. But board members had to get their house in order by electing new officers and committee representatives.
By a unanimous vote, Crossan replaced Denise Connelly as board president. Connelly served as president since Sept. 26, 2006.
"I think voters asked for us to make a change," said Brown, who nominated Crossan for the position. "I believe her experience as the Education Fund Board president brings valuable knowledge of rules and procedures to effectively run our meetings."
Crossan vowed to resign from her post on the Education Fund Board, which administers the city's half-cent sales tax for education.
Connelly was appointed the board's vice president, while Anderson will serve as secretary and Brown will serve as treasurer.
"You are all links in a chain," Smyser told the newly formed board. "Right now, you five members are the next link in that chain of a long history of board members who are trustees of Steamboat Springs' kids."
Connelly began Monday's meeting by taking a moment to thank the board's outgoing members - Jerry Kozatch, Char Rusk and Jeff Troeger.
"Our district is the better for your sacrifice and dedication," she said. "We appreciate your work, and we sincerely hope that you will continue to devote your talents to the school district."
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