Stuart Cochrane was elected by the Fort Dodge Community School District board Monday to continue as board president.
Cochrane was nominated by board member Brian Forsythe, the motion seconded by Jan Merz. There were no other nominees or discussion. Cochrane received a unanimous vote, and was sworn in by Robert Hughes, FDCSD assistant superintendent, acting as board secretary.
He began his one-year term immediately.
After the meeting, Cochrane said it was an honor to be elected board president.
"Frankly, I enjoy it. I'm glad I have an opportunity to continue. We have a number of things going on as a board that I look forward to doing again in the upcoming year," he said. "The fact that I get to continue to work with everybody in a leadership role is something that I find very enjoyable."
Cochrane has been a member of the FDCSD board for 14 years.
He said the board is doing good work.
"I think we've got good ideas. We work well with each other. We communicate," he said. "I think we're all on the same page when it comes to a vision for the district. We certainly have challenges that we all appreciate, namely with respect to buildings and finances, but it seems to me that we dialogue real well together and all think we have a common mission."
Brian Forsythe was elected board vice president.
Forsythe was nominated by Merz, the motion seconded by board member Matt Wagner. Bill Kent was nominated by board member Deb Peterson, the motion seconded by board member Kevin Rogers.
Each candidate received three votes. Cochrane cast a tie-breaking vote in favor of Forsythe, and then swore him in as vice president, also a one-year term.
Forsythe said it felt good to be re-elected to the position.
"I've held that position for the last year so I'm excited to be doing it for another year," he said.
Both Cochrane and Forsythe swore to upheld the constitutions of the United States and the state of Iowa, and to faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of their offices.