School board picks new president

GLOVERSVILLE – A president has been chosen for the Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education, but not a vice president.

During Tuesday’s organizational meeting, the members of the board in attendance unanimously approved Rob Curtis as the new president.

Curtis was optimistic about his new position.

“It feels good. I’m glad for everybody’s support, but the board, we have quite a mission in front of us, turning this district around,” Curtis said.

Curtis said he felt the district worked very hard formulating district goals last summer, and hopes to improve on them.

“We are going to re-evaluate [the goals] and move forward,” Curtis said.

Former Board President Richard Carlson spoke highly of Curtis and of his time as the president.

“It has been an honor to serve on this board.” Carlson said. “Rob is going to be a good president, I know that.”

The seven board members at the meeting – board members Mike Hauser and Kevin Kucel did not attend the meeting – then sought to name a vice-president.

Members Aaron Flynn and Joe Andrews were both nominated for vice president; Flynn got four votes and Andrews three.

However, Superintendent Michael Vanyo, said neither received enough votes to be named vice president.

“You have to have at least five votes for everything we do,” Vanyo said.

The resolution to nominate a vice president was tabled until the next board meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday.

Curtis said he felt the vice president should be named at the next meeting.

New board member Paula Brown-Weinstock was sworn in Tuesday, along with returning board members E. Lynn Brown and Carlson.

In May, voters elected Carlson, with 399 votes, Brown, 440 votes, and Brown-Weinstock, with 388 votes. They will serve three-year terms.

Brown-Weinstock said she was looking forward to helping the district achieve their goals, as well as working on communication between the district and parents.

“I think there are more people who want to be involved, they just don’t know how,” Brown-Weinstock said.