Dale J. Maes, owner of DJs Pizza Place, prepares a pizza in his restaurant on Wednesday, June 22, 2013, in Bloomfield. Maes was selected for the open
Dale J. Maes, owner of DJs Pizza Place, prepares a pizza in his restaurant on Wednesday, June 22, 2013, in Bloomfield. Maes was selected for the open District 3 board member seat for the Bloomfield School Board on Tuesday. (Augusta Liddic The Daily Times)

BLOOMFIELD — Following the resignation of its former vice president last month, the Bloomfield Board of Education approved a new member during its meeting Tuesday night.

Before any action was taken on agenda items for the meeting, the board members approved the selection of Dale Maes as the new board member for the District 3 vacancy left by Tasha Lucero.

Board President Jim Conyers said Lucero moved out of the boundaries of District 3 and her resignation was received by the board at its May 14 meeting.

"She had purchased a house out of her district she represented, so she had to resign," Conyers said.

Maes, the owner of DJ's Pizza in Bloomfield, said he was excited for the opportunity to serve on the board for the remainder of Lucero's term, which lasts until February 2015.

"I have kids in the school district and I was born and raised in Bloomfield and attended the school districts here too," Maes said. "I just want to give back."

Conyers said Maes was the only letter of interest filed for the position and a resolution was drafted and approved to handle continued procurement of goods with DJ's Pizza.

The resolution, approved before selection of Maes by the board, was written to handle any current and future business between the school district and Maes' business.

"It deals with the concept of conflict of interest with board members, that was to address that issue," Conyers said. "I'm not worried about it. I don't know how often that will happen but we wanted to be covered."

Maes said his board member position won't affect his business, saying they work mostly with teachers.

According to a state procurement statute, the resolution will waive the requirement that Maes' company be barred from bidding for jobs or working with the school district.

With Lucero resigning, four of the five seats on the board have been filled with new people this year. Board members Bruce Armenta, Eric Smith and Veronica Tso joined the board in March following an election in February.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or jkellogg@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @jkelloggdt.