By RICK HAYES firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — MT. VERNON — Carl Miller was re-elected president of the Mt. Vernon Township High School District 201 Board of Education during a reorganizational meeting Wednesday night.
Miller was nominated by board member Robert Stewart and was elected by acclamation when no other nominations were received.
By a 4-3 vote, Karen Goodwine was elected vice-president of the board. Goodwine was nominated by Cynthia Davis. Greg Backes nominated Stewart resulting in a 3-3 tie vote. Kim Alvis, who joined the board meeting by telephone, broke the tie in voting for Goodwine.
Election results from the April 9 consolidated election were approved with Miller receiving 2,063 votes, Davis 1,855 and Alvis 1,793. The new board members were sworn in by Goodwin, who was elected president pro tem until the new board was seated.
Board members will serve on the same committees in which they were previously assigned after they agreed to continue serving on those committees.
MVTHS graduate Heather Beckley was hired as the tech and engineering teacher for the 2013-2014 school year. Assistant Principal Rob Knutson said Beckley was a “unique” candidate in that she has great deal of experience in the field. Knutson said Beckley would not only be responsible for entry level construction, bringing back the drafting program, but was also certified in the Adobe family for commercial art. Since Beckley is not a certified teacher, Knutson said she would have to obtain a provisional certificate from the state, and she would be attending a two-week long boot camp this summer to introduce her to the engineering field. Beckley replaces Gary Hatfield who has announced his retirement.
The Board also approved the recommendation to hire Jamie Goff as the consumer science teacher for the 2013-2014 school year.
The Board went into executive session to discuss the setting of a price for sale or lease of property owned by the District.
“We are in the process of having our buildings appraised,” announced Miller.