Board to hold first meeting of year |

Board to hold first meeting of year

Jean Kvam won’t solicit a second year as president of the Carson City School Board but says she wouldn’t refuse the opportunity if nominated at tonight’s meeting.

“Traditionally, the board has had a new president every year,” Kvam said. “I’ll go with tradition, but if somebody nominates me I won’t pull my name.”

During the first meeting of every year, the board reorganizes itself, appointing new officers.

Veteran trustee John McKenna, elected to his third term this year, has served as president in the past but said he will not seek the position this year.

School Board members Norm Scoggin and Stacie Wilke have served on the board since 1999. Bob Crowell was appointed to serve in 1997 to fill Dave Cook’s position and was elected in 1998.

Doug Ponn was appointed to fill Julie Butler’s vacant position in March 2000 and ran unopposed in November’s election.

Joanna Wilson will be the only new addition to the board this year. She also ran unopposed in November’s election after 12-year veteran Gary Ailes decided not to seek a fourth term.

Kvam, who will begin the third year of her four-year term tonight, was appointed president last January and has served in that capacity for the last year.

“I loved it. It was great,” she said. “It’s nice to be able to set the tone of the meetings. You feel like you are more aware of what’s going on.”

Although tradition dictates that a new president be named each year, Kvam said prior experience may be helpful.

“Once you’ve been in there for a year, you kind of get the hang of it,” she said.

The president conducts the meetings and serves as liaison between board members and the superintendent.

In addition to appointing a new president, the board will also select a vice president and clerk.

“They are pretty much going to reorganize then get ready for business,” said Superintendent Jim Parry. “It’s the renewal of all operating procedures.”

The grants coordinator for the district will review grants applied for and received within the district.

Director of Operations Mike Mitchell will update the board on progress made to develop a community advisory committee to oversee bond projects and give a basic time line for completion of the projects.

The first $9 million of the $18 million bond will be sold on Jan. 18 at 8 a.m. in the school district office at 1402 W. King St.

If you go:

What: Carson City School Board meeting

When: 7 p.m. Tonight

Where: Sierra Room of the Carson City Community Center

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