SIOUX CITY | Carrying out the results of the Sept. 12 election, two people joined the Sioux City School Board as voting members Monday, while school board members Paul Gorski and John Meyers left service on the panel and Perla Alarcon-Flory began another term.
The evening included short speeches by the departing members as Ron Colling and Jeremy Saint joined the school board. Additionally, Mike Krysl was unanimously picked to serve as school board president for the year ahead.
The board members also selected Mike McTaggart as vice president, which means a continuation of the top two officials, since Krysl and McTaggart had served as president and vice president in the year just completed.
The school board president presides at the meetings, leading board discussions and votes on policy and personnel matters for the Sioux City School District.
Krysl pointed to a tough year ahead in terms of a tight budget and key educational issues, such as the talented and gifted program, to address.
"We are going to have to try harder and with increased diligence ...We have fresh perspectives from two board members and we look forward to your input," Krysl said.
In light voting two weeks ago, Colling, Saint and incumbent Alarcon-Flory won the seats by amassing more votes than Miyuki Nelson and Shaun Broyhill. Colling led the way with 2,359 votes, while Saint received 2,312 votes, and Alarcon-Flory got 1,660.
The annual reorganization business occurred at the end of the regular school board meeting.
Meyers and Gorski gave remarks on their departures, saying they were proud of their tenures. Meyers said the board worked well as a team, while Gorski said, "I tried my best to bring good business principles."