In its first meeting together, the 2012 North Kingstown School Committee elected its officers for the next two years. Kimberly Page will remain chair with Larry Ceresi as vice-chair following the 6-1 vote. Bill Mudge was the only opposing vote.
The swift vote was in stark contrast to the previous biennial organizational meeting back in December 2010, when it took a whopping nine motions for the committee to name a chair and vice-chair.
The committee welcomed incoming members Cheryl Clarkin and Robert Jones, . The two filled the vacant seats of Melvoid Benson, who chose not to run for re-election, and Richard Welch, who was elected to the North Kingstown Town Council in the election. (Read more about Melvoid Benson's farewell here.)
The group appointed members to various sub-committees during their inaugural meeting together. Clarkin, Jones and Bill Mudge were appointed to the budget sub-committee.
At the recommendation of Ceresi, the committee decided to table the appointment of a liaison to the teachers' union negotiating sub-committee. The committee will discuss the matter at its next meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 17.