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Dist. 54 Board elects new president

Newly elected board members in the minority on vote for Hastings, others

The Morris Elementary Dist. 54 board appointed a new president and swore in its three new members during a special meeting Monday evening.

In a 4-3 vote, the new board named member Scot Hastings its new president.

Prior to that vote, newly elected members Bonnie Cap, Patrick Stevens and Jerald White took their seats at the board table for the first time. The trio won their seats April 9 after campaigning under the banner “Take Back District 54.”

“You’re officially members,” outgoing board president Carol Narvick said after the new board took their oath of office. “Congratulations.”

Before welcoming the new members, the board said farewell to its outgoing members -- Vice President Jim Ringer, who lost his seat in the April 9 election, and Board Members Lou Klusak and Heidi Pfaff, who chose not to run.

Narvick thanked the three for their work and presented them with gifts -- glass apples bearing the Dist. 54 logo.

“I want them to know how much I appreciated their service,” Narvick said.

Pfaff said her time on the board was fun and she enjoyed building relationships with the other members.

“It was a privilege to be on this board with you guys,” Pfaff said.

Klusak also enjoyed the relationships he built as a member, and said that despite differences in opinion, the board always managed to find common ground.

“Our board went through some difficult times, and the new board will go through difficult times,” Klusak said. “They’ll get through them if they look for common ground.”

“The thing to remember is that the most important thing is the kids,” he added.

Then the three gave up their seats and the new board took over.

Narvick nominated Hastings to be board president.

The newly elected White nominated Stevens.

All three “Take Back District 54” members voted for Stevens. The four returning members voted for Hastings, and he took over for Narvick.

Board Member Caroline Cummings nominated Narvick for vice president, and she won in another 4-to-3 vote in which the three new members voted for Stevens.

Finally, the board appointed Cummings as board secretary. She won the seat in a 4-to-3 vote over Cap.

The board also discussed committees.

Stevens, White and Hastings will be members of the finance committee, which Klusak had chaired.

Cap, Cummings and Narvick will comprise the policy committee.

White and Cap will be members of the shared services committee.

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