Hodits, Seider Sworn in on Francis Howell Board
Marty Hodits was also named President with Mark Lafata serving as Vice President at Thursday's meeting.
Marty Hodits can't stop winning this week.
The Francis Howell Board of Education member retained his seat on the board with a won in Tuesday's election. Thursday night at the board's meeting Hodits, after being sworn in to begin his new three-year term on the board, was elected the new president of the board.
"Together, I think we have a great outlook," Hodits said. "... We will become a team."
Hodits' presidency is just one of many changes for the board. Thursday's meeting kicked off with the departure of former Vice President Steve Johnson. During a tearful moment, Johnson thanked his supporters and fellow board members for the kinds and stepped down from the dais.
Johnson's seat wasn't empty for long. Eric Seider, who won a spot on the board by just 28 votes, soon stepped up to the plate.
"Let's put away the politics and do what's best for our kids," Seider said to the Board.
After Seider and Hodits were sworn in and the board went about a reorganization.
Seider wasted little time getting involved with the board. After Hodits defeated former President Mike Sommer with four votes—Mark Lafata, Cynthia Bice, Hoditis and Seider all voted for Hodits—Seider nominated Lafata for the vice presidents' spot. After a moment of contemplation, Lafata accepted.
With four votes, again from Lafata, Bice, Hodits and Seider, Lafata was able to defeat Mike Sommer to become the new Vice President.
Amy McEvovy was the unanimous choice to take over as treasurer and long-time Board Secretary Patty Knight kept her spot.
During the meeting Hodits stumbled with some of the parlimentary procedures required of the president. He vowed to get that fixed.
"I want to apologize for being a little raw on that," he said. "I'll get better."