New Gary School Board member breaks tie in vote
By Carole Carlson email@example.com/648-3154 January 3, 2013 8:00PM
With family at hisside. Robert Campbell is sworn in as a member of the Gary School Board by City Judge Deidra Monroe at the Gary Schools Service Center Thursday evening. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 5, 2013 6:25AM
GARY — Three new members joined the School Board on Thursday and one cast the tie-breaking vote to elect Rosie Washington as the board’s 2013 president.
After City Judge Deidre Monroe swore in new members Robert Campbell, Antuwan Clemons and Doretha Rouse, along with incumbent Marion Williams, the remaining order of business was to elect new leaders.
Former president Darren Washington chose not to seek a third term on the board.
Nellie Moore nominated Rosie Washington, a retired teacher, and LaBrenda King-Smith nominated Williams, a retired school administrator. Both Williams and Washington received three votes and Campbell cast the final vote for Washington.
Williams was elected vice president and King-Smith was named secretary.
The board faces a pivotal year with several challenges ahead including a decline in enrollment and state funding. There will likely be more school closings, as well.
Washington acknowledged the tough road ahead, asking Monroe to swear in the new officers and Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt, as well. “It’s a crucial time in our district. I asked the judge to stay and swear in the officers,” Washington said.
The board’s next regular meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Gary Area Career Center.