By CAROLINE MURRAY
BROADALBIN -- A new president and vice president were appointed during Broadalbin-Perth Central School District's reorganizational meeting Monday.
Former board president Edward Szumowski and vice president Robert Becker switched roles and are now ready to embark on a new school year in their new positions.
"I need to adhere to what everyone expects of me and hopefully get good at it," Becker said Wednesday.
Becker has been president for three days, but is in his third year as a board member.
Growing up, he attended school in the district and now has two children who are students in the Broadalbin-Perth system.
An engineer, Becker said he initially joined the board to add a different perspective to the conversation and the community.
When he first took his seat, he said the district was facing many challenges.
"I definitely think we are still working through things, but I can optimistically say the worst is behind us until someone changes the rules," Becker said.
He said the district is heading in the right direction, and does not plan to make any drastic changes in his new role.
He is a proponent of mixing technology with academics and will further support the initiative as president.
Although admittedly nervous about the July 21 board meeting, Becker said working with the same members makes for an easy transition.
"Rob is a community member just like me, he cares about the district," Szumowski said.
Szumowski said Becker is a leader and was confident he could move forward with the progress the board has made.
Szumowski is going on his sixth year as a member of the board. He spent three of those years as president, but said it is important each member shares the responsibility.
"So everyone on the board has experience in that role," he said.
He originally joined the board because he has two kids at the district and a wife who is a teacher's assistant for the intermediate school.
He wanted a voice in the decisions that would affect his family and his friend's families as well.
He said this past school year has been extraordinary for the district, and attributed the success to the administration and staff.
"Leadership in the district is really strong, they care sincerely and they make things happen," he said.