Tisue, Leany join school board

A few minutes after being sworn in, Ann Tisue, left, and Jeff Leany familiarize themselves with School District 51 Board of Directors procedures during a special meeting Monday at the Emerson building.

Jeff Leany and Ann Tisue officially joined the School District 51 Board of Directors on Monday.

The two new board members, who won election Nov. 1, took the oath of office at noon during a special meeting of the board. Tisue and Leany could not be sworn in at last week’s School Board meeting because the election had not yet been certified.

One of Leany’s first actions as a new board member was to nominate Tisue to become the board’s president, a position that changes every two years. Harry Butler has been the board’s president since 2009 and did not seek nomination for another term.

“I think I’ll step down and just be a board member. It’s easier that way,” Butler joked.

Board member Leslie Kiesler nominated fellow board member Greg Mikolai for president. Mikolai won the post with three votes to Tisue’s two.

Kiesler was elected vice president after Mikolai nominated her for the position. Leany nominated Tisue for that post as well. The votes again split three to two.

Tisue’s predecessor, Cindy Enos-Martinez, was the board’s vice president from 2009 to 2011.

The board voted for the next president and vice president using paper ballots and did not disclose their votes. Board policy says board votes for president and vice president “may be by roll call or by secret ballot.”

The board also voted three to two by secret ballot to make Tisue the board’s representative to the local board of cooperative educational services. The other two votes were for Kiesler.

The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled in August that public boards can cast secret ballots during public meetings because the act is not specifically prohibited in Colorado open meetings laws.

The board voted publicly to make Leany the board’s representative to the Colorado Association of School Boards. Tisue nominated Leany for the post, which had belonged to Kiesler, because she said she was concerned Kiesler would have enough responsibilities to tackle being vice president. Kiesler withdrew her name from consideration for the post after Leany assured the board he could attend three annual association regional meetings.

“I think it’d be a good learning experience,” Leany said.


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