Ojo Amarillo — Central Consolidated School District's board of education elected officers during a regular meeting Tuesday evening.
Lupita White was voted the new board president, replacing Matthew Tso.
Tso was elected vice president, and Christina Aspaas survived a challenge and was voted to continue serving as secretary.
"Ms. White, you're board president now. Congratulations," Tso said, then passing the gavel to White.
Until Tuesday, White was serving as vice president.
Board member Hoskie Benally nominated White for president, and board members unanimously voted for her.
According to the CCSD board policy manual, the president presides over and conducts each meeting; can call special or emergency meetings; consults with the superintendent on meeting agendas; maintains orderly conduct at meetings; keeps discussions factual and focused on the subject at hand; and allows for complete exploration of business items.
The president may not act for or on behalf of the board without prior authority from the majority of the board and performs other duties as assigned by the board.
When nominations were open for vice president, Tso was nominated by Aspaas and board member Randy Manning nominated Benally.
Tso received three votes, while Benally received two.
In the race for secretary, Aspaas was nominated by Tso, and Manning nominated Benally.
Aspaas received three votes, and Benally received two.
The board policy manual states that board members serve without compensation, but they may be reimbursed for expenses incurred while conducting school business as authorized by the board.
The board consists of a president, vice president and secretary, and they hold office for one year or until their successors are elected and have been qualified, according to the board policy manual.
During the board member reports, Aspaas questioned why the board had to reorganize itself at this time since officers were elected in March.
She said the election of new officers reflects the current behavior of board members.
"I think we need to unify in some way, some form," Aspaas said.
After thanking board members for electing her as president, White also called for unity.
"We're all in it for one reason, the students of Central Consolidated schools," White said. "We all need to be informed and work together."Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @nsmithdt on Twitter.