OLD LYME — At the Dec. 7 Region 18 Regular Board of Education meeting, the usual election of officers was held, but this year, despite no election having been held in November and therefore no new members seated, it brought some changes.
After the confirmation of incumbent Steve Wilson (R) as chair, he asked for nominations for the position of Vice-Chair. Jennifer Miller (R) immediately nominated Lyme Republican member Dr. Mary Powell St. Louis while no nominations for incumbent Democrat Martha Shoemaker were offered. The subsequent vote saw Powell St. Louis, who had previously served as Treasurer, elected.
Powell St. Louis herself then nominated Republican Christopher Staab to fill the position of Treasurer that she was vacating and again the voting supported that nomination.
Finally, Staab rounded off the election by proposing that Republican Suzanne Thompson be nominated for the position of Secretary, which she has held for the prior year. That motion was similarly approved.
Thus Shoemaker, who also serves as a Selectwoman on the Town of Old Lyme’s Board of Selectmen and is one of the longest serving board of education members, found herself without a position as an Officer of the board.
The new slate of officers for the Region 18 Board of Education for the upcoming year is as follows:
Chair: Steve Wilson (R)
Vice-Chair: Mary Powell St. Louis (R)
Treasurer: Christopher Staab (R)
Secretary: Suzanne Thompson (R)