D150 Board To Choose New President

Rick Cloyd will not be president of the District 150 school board starting July 1. Cloyd says he will not seek another one-year term at the post.

"In the last few years, each of the presidents has served only one term," Cloyd tells 1470 & 100.3 WMBD. "I think that tradition has developed, to some extent."

Current board vice-president Debbie Wolfmeyer was the last to serve more than one year as president, from 2009-2011. David Gorenz was board president three years prior to Wolfmeyer.

Board members will likely choose between Wolfmeyer and Martha Ross during its annual reorganization meeting, which coincides with the start of a new fiscal year.

Ross is the longest tenured member on the board. Ross was appointed to the board in 2001 before being elected to her first five-year term in 2003. While she has served as vice-president at least twice, she has never been elected president.

"I think we have accomplished a lot this year and there's still a lot of work to be done," Cloyd says. "But, that's a responsibility that's shared by all board members."

The "work" Cloyd refers to, he says, includes continued financial challenges, reauthorization of the Quest Charter Academy, updating the District's strategic plan and defining the role of School Resource Officers.

There's also the upcoming school board vacancy that needs to be addressed.

Laura Petelle's term as District 3 board member expires June 30. Sue Wolstenholm defeated Petelle in the March election but has said she will not serve. However, Wolstenholm has yet to officially resign from the board.

Wolstenholm's resignation will officially begin a process toward the board appointing someone to fill the District 3 vacancy until the next school board election next Spring.

The board will have 45 days to fill the vacancy starting July 1, or after Wolstenholm resigns if she resigns after July 1.

Cloyd's tenure as president included the board's approval of the administration's recommendations to reassign former Charter Oak Primary School principal John Wetterauer and two teachers after reported ISAT testing irregularities. Wetterauer has since resigned from the district.

The response to the decision led to heated public comment during board meetings and a grass roots effort that led to Petelle's defeat in the school board election.

Cloyd says the issue did not play a role in his decision not to seek the board president's spot this year.

What advice does Cloyd have for the next board president?

"Take a look at the big issues and spend time focused on four or five things we really need to get done," Cloyd says.

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