Fulton Board of Education Sees ‘Change of the Guard’

FULTON, NY – For the first time in nearly a decade, the Fulton Board of Education has a new president.

Former president Robbin Griffin, who has held the position for the past several years, nominated former vice president Robert Ireland for the position during Tuesday’s organizational meeting.

</p>Board member Matthew Geitner was subsequently voted to the vice president’s chair and Dan Pawlewicz was voted in to serve as board clerk. No other nominations were made for the positions and the board unanimously agreed to each candidate.

“I am looking forward to continuing the fine leadership that’s gone on for years here,” Ireland said after the organizational session. He added that his goal is to keep the board moving forward in a positive direction.

“I am looking forward to working with Mr. Lynch, Mr. Ireland and Mr. Pawlewicz as board officers and the other board members,” Geitner said. “I want to thank Robbin Griffin for her years of leadership as the board president. I trust that she will continue to serve as a leader as a board member.”

Griffin said she could not recall the exact number of years that she has served as president.</p>

“I think it was either seven or nine years,” Griffin said. She noted, too, that she served as president for two years previously during the 90s. She said she was very willing to “pass the gavel” to her colleague.

“I was ready for a little bit of a break,” said Griffin after she moved from the president’s chair to her former seat at the board table.

“I think it is exciting,” Griffin added. “I have great faith in (the new board officers). We will be fine.”

</p>In addition to officer elections, Rae Howard was also sworn in as the newest member of the Fulton board. Howard was elected to serve a three-year term on the board in May.

“I am thrilled to be on the board,” Howard said. “It is an interesting first meeting with a lot on the agenda.”