MILTON — The school board of the Milton Town School District reorganized on Thursday night in a virtual meeting.
It was the board’s first meeting since the Town Meeting election, so new board trustees Kumulia "Kase" Long and Jennifer Wilson were present.
As is tradition following the annual election, the school board convened to elect Chair, Vice Chair and Clerk and to set the date and time of its meetings.
Michael Joseph nominated Rick Dooley to the position of Chair, and Jeremy Metcalf seconded the motion. Dooley was unanimously appointed to the position, which he has held twice before.
“I am feeling positive about the direction we’re headed in this year and am looking forward to what this year will bring,” he said.
The Chair of the school board works closely with Superintendent Amy Rex to set meeting agendas and makes public statements on the board’s behalf.
Jeremy Metcalf was appointed to the position of Vice Chair, after being nominated by Joseph and and receiving a unanimous vote. Wilson, who was elected to a three-year term earlier this month, was unanimously appointed Clerk.
The board also designated trustees to fill positions on various sub-committees that were vacated by former trustees Emily Hecker and Rae Couilliard.
Long, who was recently elected to a one-year term on the board, will join the district’s Policy Committee and Faculty Negotiations Committee. Wilson will join the Support Staff Negotiations Committee.
The board determined it would continue to hold its meetings at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.
Near the end of the evening, the board’s veteran members took a moment to welcome the newcomers.
“I just want to personally welcome our new members to the board,” Joseph said. “I look forward to working with you.”
“You will find it is very rewarding to be on the board,” Dooley said. “You will find it is sometimes frustrating, but it truly is a very rewarding experience to see the positive change we have a hand in creating.”