Tahlequah Daily Press

January 15, 2013

Hulbert clerk resigns, takes position left by Gassaway

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Hulbert Public Schools Board of Education Clerk JuaNita Keener resigned her seat on the education oversight committee Thursday night, and immediately accepted appointment to seat No. 2, vacated by the resignation of former board President Rick Gassaway.

Keener held seat No. 3 until she relinquished it.

Superintendent Dr. Marilyn Dewoody, who was rehired for 2012-2013 academic school year, read Keener’s resignation letter to members of the board and three others attending the meeting, which held an executive session over two hours long.

The letter read: “I would like to take a moment to say thank you to the Hulbert community for electing me to the position of seat No. 3 of the Hulbert School Board of Education. I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve with and get to know several very outstanding individuals and students associated with the Hulbert Public Schools system. The past five years have proved to be a rewarding experience. ... If I can be of further assistance in the future, please don’t hesitate to ask.”

The board also discussed appointment to the vacant board seat No. 2. Ritchie made the motion to appoint Keener “if she would accept it.” Keener did accept, but with a time condition.

“It’s for one year, and like I said in my letter, I would be willing to help the school,” she said. “I’m not saying it would be for any longer than that, but at this point, I’m willing to help the school in whatever way I can.”

Dewoody said the board would experience a role adjustment in March after the election.

“Linda Baker is the vice president. So she will serve as president until the board is reorganized in March, when we have all five of our board members after the election,” she said. “At that time, the board will be reorganized to elect the president, vice president and clerk. Until then, Ms. Baker will serve as president.”

Dewoody noted the individual who received the appointment for seat No.. 2 would be expected to run for re-election.

In other matters, the board unanimously approved the decision to deed one acre of the Mt. Zion School property to Cherokee County to enlarge the Mt. Zion Cemetery.

The board also approved the decision to adjust the extra-duty stipend for softball to reflect the same stipend amount as defined for baseball coaching duty.