Vermillion School Board members Doug Peterson and Jim Peterson are given the oath of office at Monday's meeting of the Vermillion School Board by Business Manager Sheila Beermann. The two incumbents were unopposed as they each sought another three-year term on the board. As the board reorganized for the 2019-2020 school year, Doug Peterson was chosen as its new president.

The Vermillion School is under new leadership after it reorganized for the 2019-20 school year at its meeting Monday night in the Al Neuharth Center on the University of South Dakota campus.

Shortly after Doug Peterson and Jim Peterson were each sworn in to new three year terms on the board, President Shannon Fairholm announced her desire to not continue in that leadership role as the board begins a new term during the new fiscal year.

Board members subsequently chose Doug Peterson to take Fairholm’s place as board president.

“I have had the privilege of serving as president of the school board for the past four years,” Fairholm said reading a prepared statement, “and during that time I feel the board has worked cooperatively, consistently with the superintendent to move the district forward in various positive ways for the administration, for faculty, for staff, for parents and of course, for our students.

“I want to thank Mr. Alvey and each board member for all of the hard work and dedication. It has truly been an honor to serve as president and I appreciate everyone’s support through the years,” she said. “As I enter my 12th year on the board, and not foreseeing more in my future, it seems appropriate that in the coming year I serve in the past president’s capacity to help smooth transitions for the new leadership team for the board.”

She stated that as Superintendent Damon Alvey was about to seek nominations for board president for the 2019-20 year that she was stepping aside for others to be nominated.


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