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McHeard GASD board president

Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - Updated: 10:26 AM


The Rev. Kent McHeard was nominated president of the Greater Amsterdam School District's Board of Education Tuesday night during its annual organizational meeting.

"I'm really looking forward to serving the district in this position, and I'm fully committed to education, educators and the children in the district," McHeard said.

McHeard is currently in his second term on the board of education after being re-elected at the end of May. He's the board's former vice president.

After former president Nellie Bush thanked the board for nominating her three years in a row, she said "the gavel needs to be passed on," and nominated board member Gavin Murdoch for vice president, which was approved.

The vote for president was not unanimous. Board member John Bottisti was also nominated, but McHeard received four of the six votes. Bottisti received two votes. Board member Robert Vennett was not at Tuesday's meeting.

McHeard said he wasn't too surprised by the nomination but he was happy to receive the honor.

"This wasn't a complete surprise," he said. "A board member asked me, if nominated, would I allow my name to stay in nomination, and I said yes. However, my name has been in nomination the last two years for vice president, and was not successful, so it was a surprise that it was successful this time."

McHeard hopes to accomplish many things in his second term on the board.

"The board president speaks on behalf of the board -- no board members on their own have any particular powers or abilities," he said. "We act as a unit, together. I'm hopeful that we will be more transparent, more unified, and I'm personally committed to continuing listening to concerns and views of our voters and those who have placed us in office."

Also, during the organizational meeting the superintendent of schools took his oath again, Bush, McHeard and board member Peter Pritchard took their oaths as well, after being re-elected in May.

The GASD Board of Education will meet again July 24 at 7 p.m. for its regular meeting.


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