Here's a photo of the newly-constituted School Board - the men bookend the women.
It was a nice (and nearly full) swearing-in ceremony. All were sworn in by the person of their choice and then each gave a short speech. There were a few oddities, though.
One, if you took the names off the speeches and then handed them to me, I would have known who wrote what.
Two, as Dorothy Neville pointed out elsewhere, Harium asked Principal John Miner of Thorton Creek to swear him in. And, Principal Miner went out of his way to say what great public servant Harium is. Almost as if Harium's victory at the polls wasn't enough.
Three, a bit of a tone set. Michael DeBell, in his role as Board VP, was master of ceremonies and jokingly warned Sharon and Marty it was the start of many speeches to come. Both Marty and Sharon read their speeches versus Harium and Sherry who did not.
Sharon came out the strongest and talked about "change for the better." I think she was trying to make the point that voters did vote for some change and that her mandate is to make things better (and not try to change anything just for change's sake).
Harium seemed a little contemplative and spoke of being honored for his "good work."
Sherry was all business, very Boeing-professional and surprised me by saying how the Board does governance and they shouldn't micro-manage the district. Has the Board been micro-managing the district the last four years? Did I miss something because it certainly didn't look or feel that way. I'm not sure who that remark was directed to in the audience.
Marty was the eager newcomer and was careful to thank the groups that helped her win victory.