There were a lot of hellos and goodbyes at Tuesday’s special meeting of the Lamar Consolidated ISD board of trustees, as three new board members were sworn in after last week’s elections.
Joy Williams, Jon Welch and Alex Hunt became the newest LCISD board members after each won its election by more than 60 percent of the vote.
The trio replaces three board members who served their four-year terms and didn’t run for reelection. Board president James Steenbergen, Melisa Roberts and Dr. Tyson Harrell each said their good-byes to the LCISD community and were thanked by Supt. Dr. Thomas Randle.
“I would like to thank you for your service, your dedication and your leadership,” Randle said. “It was an honor serving with you.”
The new board then elected vice president Kay Danziger to be the new board president. Joe Hubenak was the lone board member who voted against Danziger.
Kathryn Kaminski was voted to be vice president of the board with five votes, including herself. Welsh and Williams voted for Mandi Bronsell, who was later unanimously named board secretary.
The departing board members each had statements before leaving their seat for the new members. Harrell thanked everyone for his four years on the LCISD board, while Roberts choked back a few tears.
“This has been the greatest privilege of my life,” she said. “For everyone, including those who voted for a bond, thank you.”
Steenbergen also was emotional with his goodbye statement and had a message for the incoming board. “It has been an honor to serve with all of you,” he said. “As for the new board, please take care of our kids.”