Misty Choy Photo Roswell school board member Mona Kirk, far left, has been chosen as the new president of the school board. Also pictured, from left, are the school board's new secretary, Alan Gedde, and the school board's new vice president, Ruben James Sanchez.

The Roswell school board on Tuesday night chose a new school board president in the wake of the abrupt resignation of the school board’s former president, although much of the discussion at Tuesday night’s meeting was about the delay of classes at University High School due to a water line break.

 

The Roswell Independent School District Board of Education voted unanimously to elect Mona Kirk as the new president of the school board, Ruben James Sanchez as vice president and Alan Gedde as secretary.

Kirk had been the school board’s vice president. Gedde will remain the school board’s secretary.

The school board also discussed filling the vacancy created by the July 28 resignation of Nicole R. Austin.

Interim superintendent Susan Sanchez said the school board has 45 days from the date of Austin’s resignation to fill the District 2 position. Kirk said the Roswell Independent School District is accepting applications from community members interested in serving on the school board. School leaders said letters of interest and resumés will be accepted until 4 p.m. Aug. 18

Questions for prospective school board applicants will be posted in the Roswell Daily Record, school officials said.

Those interested in succeeding Austin on the school board must reside within District 2.

District 2 lies in northwest Roswell, between Berrendo Road and West Second Street, primarily west of Main Street.

Less than six months after running successfully for the seat, Austin said in a statement two weeks ago her decision to resign was due to a need to balance priorities in her life.

“I have found that I cannot give the time and effort needed to be an effective board member and remain dedicated to my priorities, Austin said in the statement. “Because of this, I must step aside.”

Austin originally joined the board in January 2016 to take over the unexpired term of James Waldrip, who resigned in December 2015 after 13 years due to health concerns. She then won the seat in February 2017, overcoming a challenge by former RISD educator Louis Mestas. Shortly after the election, she was chosen as president.