On par for the season, it was out with the old and in with the new at the Pima School Board meeting Dec. 20 as two longtime board members were recognized for their service and three new members were sworn in.
At the beginning of the meeting, Pima Superintendent Sean Rickert presented board President Tom Claridge and member Bart Judd with plaques of appreciation for their many years of service. Rickert said the men have served the youth of Pima for a long time, and the school and its students were all the better due to their devotion.
Claridge retired from the board after serving 12 years, and Judd retired after serving eight. Claridge still serves the town of Pima as a member of its Town Council.
"You've seen a lot of things come and go," Rickert said to Claridge. "You've been involved in helping Pima become a better School District."
Near the end of the meeting, Rickert swore in Pima's newest School Board members. Usually, the board members aren't sworn in until January, but Rickert wanted to make sure the district could have a quorum for its January meeting and decided to swear them in now so they could simply take their seats at the Jan. 10 meeting. The new members are Jeremy Saline, Pilar Carter and Tom Sullivan.
Saline told the Courier he chose to be on the School Board because it gives him a chance to serve his community.
"More than anything, what I'd like to do is provide the best decision-making for the whole of the school," Saline said.
Saline said he believed he was coming into a district that appears to be in good shape, according to recent standardized test scores. The district also seems to be managing its finances well, according to a report from business manager Richie Gann earlier in the evening.
Carter told the Courier she was excited to have the chance to help the district govern the various schools.
"I love Pima," she said. "I love the way the kids talk about their school, and I'm a grandma, so I want to see that Pima continues to excel. I have the time; I have the will; I'm here."