Newly elected, appointed school board members sworn in; Superintendent selection expected Friday
May 18th, 2017 under Top Stories
By NICK WINCHESTER
MARFA — School board members unanimously appointed Joe Pat Clayton to the recently vacated Place 3 position after the abrupt resignation of trustee and board president Cosme Roman.
Clayton, who came second to board member-elect David Walstrom, will serve out the remainder of Cosme’s one-year unexpired term. Roman announced his resignation after an executive session at the April 24 board meeting.
Walstrom was sworn into office alongside Katie Price-Fowlkes and Lori Flores, who both ran unopposed in the election.
Walstrom defeated appointed incumbent Eric Walmarth in the May 6 school election.
Following the swearing in of new board members, the board’s internal organization was addressed. Fowlkes told board members, new and old, that only those with at least one-year board experience could be considered. Board member Frank “Buddy” Knight nominated Fowlkes to the position of president. In turn, Fowlkes nominated board member Mark Cash to replace her as board vice president and for board member Maria Teresa Villarreal Nuñez to remain as secretary. The motion to accept nominations passed unanimously, with new members Walstrom and Clayton casting their first official school board votes.
Marfa ISD placed an advertisement in this newspaper last week for the school board vacancy and one person sent in a letter but withdrew in the afternoon prior to the meeting, according to interim Superintendent Oscar Aguero.
Walstrom is a retired teacher and Marfa ISD classroom volunteer.
Clayton is a local business owner, alongside his wife, Lynda Barnes, and their daughter, Fiona, he opened Ranch Candy Marfa and Spare Parts at 215 North Highland Avenue in October.
During a meeting in Executive Session, board members discussed 10 applications for superintendent. Aguero has applied for the job.
A special meeting on the matter is set for noon Friday, May 19, in the boardroom. It is likely the lone finalist for superintendent may be announced at that time.
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