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School board reorganizes roles

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Alan Gedde was selected as school board president for the Roswell Independent School District on Tuesday night. Gedde mimes what he saw at the Roswell High School versus Goddard High School football game on Nov. 3. Superintendent Dr. Ann Lynn McIlroy is pictured to the right of Gedde. (Alison Penn Photo)

School board members Alan Gedde, Rueben Sanchez and Dr. Kathleen Pittman were nominated to serve as president, vice president and secretary respectively for Roswell Independent School District’s board of education.

President Alan Gedde

Former president Mona Kirk, Pittman, Sanchez and Gedde were present at the meeting on Tuesday to reorganize the board with James Edwards, board member, attending the meeting telephonically. Sanchez nominated Gedde to serve as president and Edwards seconded the motion.

“Let me tell you what I think about Alan,” Sanchez said and gestured to his heart. “Alan is right here. Alan’s always been what I say — the kind of guy that speaks from the heart and feels from the heart. And I think that speaks volumes in what you do for a living, Alan, in the church talking to kids, so I look forward to feeling it here moving forward, so congratulations.”

Gedde has served as the school board’s secretary and Sanchez will retain his seat as vice president. After being nominated, Pittman said she was willing to serve as secretary and she has been a board member since the election. Pittman was sworn into her seat as a member in fall of last year. All of the roll call votes were in favor of each nomination.

Vice President Ruben Sanchez

Kirk served as president for 15 months after Nicole Austin stepped down in the summer of 2017. Kirk said being president has been “exhausting” and she was ready to turn the reigns over to Gedde. Kirk said she will continue serving on the board for the next three years and as Region VI secretary on the New Mexico School Board Association board of directors. Kirk said she will also serve on the state school board report card revision committee, while continuing to work toward her master board certification.

After Gedde was voted in unanimously, he was the presiding officer of Tuesday’s meeting. In the past, Kirk said it was board policy to serve for two years and she and other members felt this was “too long.” Kirk reflected on the school board’s journey since being elected in February 2017, such as adopting and revising board norms, losing and selecting another member, board policy review and the hiring process of Superintendent Dr. Ann Lynn McIlroy.

Secretary Dr. Kathleen Pittman

The other board members also thanked Kirk for her service as board president.

“I have two passions,” Kirk said. “It’s RISD and it’s the city of Roswell. When I retired from RISD, I said what better way to serve than to marry the two. I feel like I have done that and I am just so appreciative.”

For vice president, Edwards nominated Sanchez, and Kirk seconded the motion. Originally, Edwards nominated Kirk and Kirk said she appreciated the nomination, but declined. Sanchez nominated Pittman as secretary of the board, Edwards seconded.

The board also voted to have Gedde and Edwards serve on the district’s finance committee.

City/RISD reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.