It took three tries to elect new leadership for the Luther School Board last Thursday night.
The February 23 Special Meeting was just about a week after the school board election in which former board president Matt Mohr was defeated by Tony Rumpl. Rumpl took the oath of office at the meeting, then the five board members set out to elect a new president, vice president and clerk.
After two tries to name a president in which first Sherri Anderson was nominated, and then Charles DeFuria, a third motion was made to name Steve Broudy as president. The vote to nominate Broudy as president passed with three yes votes. Anderson and Ray Stanfield voted no.
Anderson was elected vice president and Rumpl was elected as the new clerk.
The meeting also featured an annual audit report from outside auditor Ralph Osborn, CPA. The audit report will be posted online soon at the State Auditor & Inspector’s office. But Mr. Osborn did question the district’s budgeting practices and pointed out some over-spending and issues with a lack of “segregation of duties” – basically having more hands and eyes keeping track of the money.
The Luther Register is grateful to Lion Reporter Sydney Scheer and intern Jacob Factor for covering the meeting, recording, taking pictures and powering through despite technical difficulties (and rural internet!). A more detailed report on the audit will come.
The board then met behind closed doors to interview superintendent candidates. In executive session, the board interviewed Middle School Principal Barry Gunn, as noted from eyewitesses. A second unnamed candidate did not appear for the interview. No action was taken after the executive session. Outgoing Superintendent Dr. Sheldon Buxton’s resignation is effective June 30.