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Board president resigns
9/12/2013 1:16:21 PM
Last Updated:
4/17/2014 10:26:37 AM

Terri Gregory
by Scott Cloud/Newkirk Herald Journal

There was a mass shuffling of the Newkirk Board of Education Monday night as board president Terri Gregory resigned, board member Susan Rhea resigned her Braman board seat and was immediately appointed to Gregory’s vacant seat, and new board member Curtis Layton took the oath of office for a five-year term.

 When the smoke cleared, Glenna Blair was elected the new board president, Susan Rhea was elected vice-president, and Julia Peri was elected board clerk.

 After Layton was sworn in as a new board member, board president Terri Gregory resigned for family considerations.

 “As you all know, our family made a transition after a death in the family,” Gregory read from a prepared statement to the board. “Our home was put on the market over a year ago; and now we have an offer that looks as if it will go through.   However, with the sale of the home, we no longer will be any time in Newkirk; therefore I feel that I should resign my position.”

 Gregory did have one request to the board.

 “That said, I would like to still put in my two cents and ask that you appoint one of the Braman members into my slot. Per the consolidation agreement, both of the Braman positions will be eliminated at the end of the consolidation period, which ends in June. I strongly feel the Newkirk district NEEDS a voice from the Braman area. Both Susan (Rhea) and Luke (Short) have hearts for the children and what is best for that area. Both currently serve the area well and would continue to do so for the length of my unexpired term.”

 After Gregory read her letter, superintendent Steve Stanley recommended to the board that one of the Braman board members could resign their position and then be appointed to Gregory’s position on the board.  Both Braman board members terms expire June 30, 2014, and those positions will be eliminated on June 30, 2014.  Gregory’s board position expires in 2015.

 After a brief discussion, Braman board member Luke Short said, “I would like Susan Rhea to be on the board.”
 Julia Peri agreed.

 “I think it’s great to have a Braman resident on the board,” she said.

 The board accepted Gregory and Rhea’s resignations and then appointed Rhea to Gregory’s spot on the board.

 Stanley explained that the board has 60 days to appoint a member to fill Rhea’s vacant seat but recommended the board not fill the seat.

 “The seat expires June 30th so in my opinion, it would be best to have a six member board until then,” he said.
 Luke Short’s term expires June 30 as well and the board would be back to five members July 1, 2014.


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