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PES Board elects officers

PRINCETON — Judd Lusher will continue as president of the Princeton Elementary School Board, with Doris Hamilton continuing as vice president.

After this week’s reorganization meeting, Lusher said he is beginning his third, four-year term on the PES Board and is starting his second, two-year term as board president. He’s grateful to the board for re-electing him to serve as president, he said.

Looking ahead to the future of the PES District, Lusher said there will have to be hard decisions made, especially in the face of difficult economic times, but he’s confident the board will work hard to make the best decisions for the students and district.

“It will take all of us as we move forward to accomplish the things we want to accomplish for the students,” Lusher said. “We will need the support and help of our community and the stakeholders because we are all in this together.”

Hamilton has been on the PES Board for 16 years and is beginning her second, two-year term of vice president.

Hamilton said she likes serving on the PES Board because everyone is open and cooperative with each other. Everyone states their opinions but are willing to compromise and work together with each other.

As far as the challenges ahead for PES, Hamilton said it comes down to providing the students with the education they need with the money available.

“The biggest challenge is trying to keep the programs going for the kids with the money situation the way it is,” Hamilton said. “You think of those kids and what they need and what they deserve. And then you look at what we can afford and try to make the right decisions for them.”

As part of Monday’s reorganization meeting, the oath of office was given to Lusher, Hamilton and board members Terry O’Neil and Elizabeth Arkels who were all elected to the board at the April 9 election. O’Neil is an incumbent to the board. Arkels was elected to fill the board seat previously held by George Kauffman, who did not seek re-election.

After Monday’s reorganization meeting, Arkels said she decided to run for the PES Board because she has two children in the district and a 3 year old who will start preschool next year. As a parent, she has the time and interest in learning the behind-the-scenes of how the district operates. In the best interest of her children and all the other children in the district, she wants to learn as much as she can to help her make the best decisions.

In other action, the board elected board member J.P. Aley as board secretary for a one-year term.

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