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July 31, 2013

Board officers retain positions

By Maria Allard
C & G Staff Writer

CENTER LINE — The evening began with the Center Line Board of Education singing “Happy Birthday” to Superintendent Eve Kaltz when members convened for the regular school board meeting July 22.

A short time later, the school board voted 7-0 to retain the same office positions for the next six months.

Darrell Vickers will continue as president, Karen Pietrzyk as vice president, Pamela Grey-Pugliese as secretary and Dee Lindeman as treasurer. Shannon Boccomino, Henry Newnan and Gary Gasowski remain as trustees.

While the motion passed, an earlier motion made in reference to the board positions didn’t.

Lindeman made an earlier motion to keep Vickers and Pietrzyk as president and vice president, respectively, but to make Lindeman secretary and Newnan treasurer. Newnan supported the motion, but the remaining five board members voted no on it.

“I would prefer we maintain the same officers until a new process starts,” Gasowski said.

“I think we’re doing a good job with what we have now,” Boccomino said. “My thought process was to keep things the same until January.”

Lindeman brought up the fact that, six months ago, it was decided the board members vote on the organization of officers in July.

“I’ll let my motion stand. Thank you,” she said. The motion failed 5-2, with Lindeman and Newnan as the only yes votes.

The meeting also gave Kaltz the opportunity to publically acknowledge Vickers for his leadership during the 2012-13 fiscal year.

“I just want to take a minute to talk about the hard work he has done,” Kaltz said. Vickers, whose three children graduated from Center Line Public Schools, is known for the research he does on district issues, for asking questions and for being visible. Kaltz added there has been “tremendous growth” under his leadership.

Vickers has served on the Bid Opening, District Safety, Sites and Facilities, Community Service and Finance committees. He is a certified board member through the Michigan Association of School Boards.