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 TuesdayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s organizational meeting.
Board member Matthew Geitner was subsequently voted to the vice presidentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢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.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI am looking forward to continuing the fine leadership thatÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s gone on for years here,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Ireland said after the organizational session. He added that his goal is to keep the board moving forward in a positive direction.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI am looking forward to working with Mr. Lynch, Mr. Ireland and Mr. Pawlewicz as board officers and the other board members,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Geitner said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI 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.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI think it was either seven or nine years,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Griffin said. She noted, too, that she served as president for two years previously during the 90s. She said she was very willing to ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œpass the gavelÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â to her colleague.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI was ready for a little bit of a break,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said Griffin after she moved from the presidentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s chair to her former seat at the board table.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI think it is exciting,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Griffin added. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI have great faith in (the new board officers). We will be fine.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI am thrilled to be on the board,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Howard said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIt is an interesting first meeting with a lot on the agenda.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â