MAU Board reorganizes, welcomes new members

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BENNINGTON — The Mount Anthony Union board on Wednesday re-elected its officers and Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union representatives.

The board also welcomed two new members. Robert Plunkett ran against and defeated several other candidates for Robert Sherman's seat on the board representing Bennington, and Carrie Bond ran unopposed for the North Bennington seat vacated by the retiring Nathan Wallace-Senft.

Assistant Superintendent Donna Leep called the meeting to order, but quickly turned the meeting over to Tim Holbrook, who was unanimously re-elected as the board's chairman. David Fredrickson, who was re-elected to the board last week, nominated Leon Johnson to return as vice-chairman. Nelson Brownell nominated David Durfee for the role, but he declined. Fran Kinney then nominated himself, seconded by Ed Letourneau, but after a vote, the board chose Johnson.

The board also chose to re-appoint its previous representatives to the SVSU board in Brownell, who has been the chairman of that board, and Johnson. Kinney will serve as the alternate. Kinney had previously been on the SVSU board representing Shaftsbury, along with Holly Bahan but that board recently chose Ed Molloy and Durfee as its new representatives. Durfee had previously been the MAU alternate.

Kevin Goodhue also agreed to continue as the board's clerk.

Holbrook thanked Sherman and Wallace-Senft for their service to the board. "Rob Sherman has a very, very busy schedule," he said, "and he made every effort to be at as many meetings as he possibly could be. He was an individual that did serve effectively on the board, and we will miss him. Nathan Wallace-Senft is a unique person, and we have many things on this board to thank him for. He was certainly one of the prime movers in terms of getting our agricultural program started at the middle school. No matter what meeting he went to, whether it was finance or whether it was education or any of the other committees that we have that Nathan participated in, he brought a fresh perspective. I didn't always agree with him, but he had good ideas and he was more than willing to share those ideas with all of us. He will be missed."

Holbrook asked board members to submit a list of committees they might be interested in serving on by the board's April meeting.

Reach staff writer Derek Carson at 802-447-7567, ext. 122 or @DerekCarsonBB

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