Douglas County School Board selects leadership

New directors sworn in, with choice of officers made on following day

Jessica Gibbs
jgibbs@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 12/9/19

The Douglas County School Board swore in newly elected directors and selected board leadership in early December after receiving official school board balloting results from the county. Incumbent …

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Douglas County School Board selects leadership

New directors sworn in, with choice of officers made on following day

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The Douglas County School Board swore in newly elected directors and selected board leadership in early December after receiving official school board balloting results from the county.

Incumbent David Ray joined new faces on the board, Elizabeth Hanson and Susan Meek, for a swearing-in ceremony on Dec. 2 where the directors took the oath of office. At the board's regularly scheduled Dec. 3 meeting, directors elected the board president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.

Board officers hold their position for two years and can serve two terms in that position.

Ray was the only nomination for board president and will serve his second two-year term in the position. Director Krista Holtzmann nominated Ray, citing his experience as a board director and board president as qualifications. Holtzmann also praised him as someone who prioritizes students and for his role during the nationwide search for Superintendent Thomas Tucker.

Ray said he was flattered by Holtzmann's comments and that serving as president was an honor.

“It's important for me for you to know,” he told directors, “that I expect you to push back and treat me as an equal colleague and that my voice, just because I have an idea, doesn't mean it's the right one. And I really would encourage you to continue to challenge me in terms of my leadership.”

Holtzmann was then selected as vice president through a 5-2 secret ballot vote over Director Kevin Leung, who nominated himself for vice president. Director Christina Ciancio-Schor nominated Holtzmann, stating she was confident Holtzmann could step in as president if needed.

Director Anthony Graziano later nominated Leung for board treasurer, naming his experience as a local business owner and precision in reviewing district budgets as reasons he's the best director for the position. Leung was the only nominee for treasurer.

Director Hanson was nominated by Director Meek for secretary and was unanimously selected for the position.

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