Sherm Welker has been named the new president of the Marshalltown School Board after a vote from board members during the annual organizational meeting Monday.
Welker, who has been on the board for one year, will serve as president for the next year and takes over for Kay Beach. Welker received four votes to three votes for Beach Monday.
"I feel real comfortable with this group of people," Welker said after his first meeting in office. "We've worked together for a year."
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Sherm Welker, right, was sworn in as the new president of the Marshalltown School Board by Board Secretary Kevin Posekany at the board meeting Monday.
Welker is owner of Welker Construction in Marshalltown. Beach served as board president for the past two years and has been on the board for five years. She will remain on the board, just not in the leadership role.
"She's been very dedicated to the school district for many years," Welker said of Beach.
The members are elected to the board by Marshalltown voters, but the board members themselves elect their leadership positions. Jennifer Wilson was re-elected to serve as vice president of the board. Welker said the board will continue to function as it has in the past to move the district forward.
"We're definitely in the improvement mode," Welker said.
In other board agenda items, Business Manager Kevin Posekany gave his annual update to the board of the financial status of the district, which was for the most part positive.
As an indicator of the district's financial status, Posekany said it moved from $9.3 million in cash and investments in the general fund last year to $9.7 million this year.
"So we are staying healthy in our cash position," Posekany said.
Posekany pointed to several healthy funds in the school district budget.
"A lot of schools would love to have this ending balance on any of these (funds)," he said.
The Fisher Elementary School addition and remodeling project was accepted as substantially complete by the board. The board will next meet in a work session at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 and its next regular meeting will be at 5 p.m. Oct. 15 in district offices.