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RISD board chooses Dolan to fill vacant seat

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The Board of Education of Roswell Independent School District chose experience in filling a vacant seat at a special meeting Wednesday evening.

By a vote of three to one, the board chose Milburn Dolan to fill the District 3 seat of former Board President Alan Gedde, who resigned July 27 for personal reasons.

The dissenting vote was from Hilda Sanchez, who nominated another of the four candidates interviewed during a special meeting Wednesday.

Dolan, who had served six years on the board and was board president, resigned in April 2011 citing time constraints with his full-time job, according to a Roswell Daily Record report.

Three of the current board members — Mona Kirk, James Edwards and Hope Morales — all nominated Dolan, saying his experience is needed.

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“I think he brings a world of wisdom and he’s been there,” Edwards said.

“We’re in a very different time than any other time and because of where we’re at, where we’re going, how quickly things are moving and need to move, I also want to nominate Mr. Dolan,” Morales said.

In his interview, when asked what he saw as the board’s challenges, Dolan’s first answer was hiring a new superintendent. Mike Gottlieb was named to that position in a one-year contract earlier this year after serving several months as interim superintendent. Dolan also mentioned how the pandemic has changed education and the number of teaching positions open as challenges for the board.

“He mentioned some of the things that were challenges for us, and they’re right, including not only learning during COVID, but hiring a new superintendent, which is a major priority for us right now,” Morales said.

Dolan said the board’s priorities through the next few years should be the students, but attending to that priority means making sure the district maintains its buildings, recruits high-quality teachers, gives teachers the resources they need and balances the budget.

“You have to make sure what you do today can be accomplished five years from now,” he said.

Dolan told the board he grew up in Roswell, attended Mesa Middle School and graduated from Goddard High School. He served in the Army for 15 years and returned to Roswell. He had careers in the prison system, job corps and restaurants.

He has four children and four grandchildren who attend schools in the district.

The board also voted three to one to reorganize. Kirk was the dissenting vote, saying it should be put off until the board’s next meeting so Dolan has a chance to vote as well.

Morales, who has served as acting president since Gedde’s resignation, was unanimously chosen as president. Edwards was chosen as vice president by a vote of three; he abstained from voting. The vote was unanimous for Sanchez to retain her position as board secretary.

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

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