East Lansing Board of Education Swears in New Members

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 8:11 am
Karessa Wheeler

Above: Trustee Chris Martin and his family (left), photo courtesy of Martin. Board of Education Trustee Kate Powers (top right) and her family and Board of Education Secretary Terah Chambers (bottom right) with her family. Photos from NFHS Network.

Board of Education Trustees new and returning celebrated the start of a new term last night with a ceremonial swearing in as members of East Lansing’s School Board.

Attorney Chris Martin is the newest member of the Board. He was sworn in along with returning members Terah Chambers and Kate Powers. Kath Edsall also re-joined the Board after having served on it previously and was re-elected to serve last November.

All members were officially sworn in by Gail Gillengerten, Administrative Assistant to Superintendent and Board of Education, prior to the meeting, said Superintendent Dori Leyko. Trustees Martin, Chambers and Powers took part in a ceremonial swearing in which included reading the District’s Oath of Office. Edsall, who was attending the meeting by telephone, did not participate in the ceremony.

Martin and Edsall replaced Trustees Karen Hoene and Nell Kuhnmuench, both of whom retired from the Board in 2018.

Afterward, the Board selected previous Board Vice President Erin Graham to serve as President for 2019.

Other new officers include: Vice President Nichole Martin, Treasurer Kath Edsall and Secretary Terah Chambers.

Powers had served as President for 2018.

In other business, the Board approved hiring Mark Pontoni as a new high school social studies teacher effective Jan. 28. They also approved their calendar for the year of 2019.

Leyko announced during her Superintendent’s Report that the Safe Routes to School Team will be presenting their final recommendations for MacDonald Middle School and Marble Elementary school at an upcoming Board meeting. They have also begun to collect data for Pinecrest and Whitehills reports and will hold a kickoff event for both buildings at 6:30 p.m Wednesday, Jan. 16 at Pinecrest.

Leyko also paid tribute to East Lansing High School English teacher Robyn Stevens who passed away Dec. 28. She taught English for 40 years, including 18 years in East Lansing at both the high school and middle school. The high school is collecting books for the Robyn Stevens Memorial Bookshelf in the high school’s library as well as funds in her name for donation to a local animal shelter.

The Board will meet again at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 in the lower level of the East Lansing High School.



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