CISD board appoints Smith to interm term

New officers in place

Mark A. Smith, an insurance agent/producer for Barnard Donegan Insurance in New Braunfels, is the newest member to the Comal Independent School Board after being appointed, in a 6 to 0 vote, to fill the vacancy left by Nick Nichols after he resigned on Sept. 30 for health reasons.

Smith was appointed and sworn in during the Nov. 18 board meeting. He was appointed after the school board initially recommended Frank Baker, a real estate appraiser. The vote failed 3 to 3 (Dan Krueger, Charles Burt, and Laura Kistner "for" and John Bertelsen, Rose Cervin, and Bill Swint "against").

The second motion was for a third applicant, Bob Slupik, a New Braunfels High School teacher, to fill the vacancy. It too failed on a 3 to 3 vote with Bertelsen, Cervin and Swint voting for the motion and Krueger, Burt, and Kistner voting against it. It was then that Smith was nominated and unanimously approved. He will have to run in the May 2005 election to remain on the school board for a three-year term.

The appointment of Mark A. Smith to the school board, and the fact that Nichols was the president of the board when he resigned in September, initiated the school board's reorganization. During the Nov. 18 meeting, the board unanimously approved the motions to name Dan Krueger, president; Bill Swint, secretary; and, John Bertelsen, treasurer. The motion to appoint Charles Burt as vice president was approved on a 6 to 1 vote (Cervin dissented).

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