The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees held elections Tuesday afternoon for this year's officers and there was a little bit of a surprise outcome.
At the meeting Trustee Dave Aiazzi pulled himself out of the running for president which came as a surprise to many of the other trustees.
He says, because of negative feedback from the community, it was the right thing to do for the district. "No matter who the president is, I think the board will still react the same way. All of our votes are here in public. The president runs the meeting. I think it would be basically the same no matter who the president is."
Aiazzi has been serving as the board's vice president, and with him out of the running the board re-elected sitting president Barbara Clark for a second term.
Former President and Trustee Barbara McLaury was the pick for vice president and Trustee Lisa Ruggerio will serve a second term as clerk.
All the trustees we spoke to said the district has some major challenges ahead, namely the budget which still has no expected income for capital projects.
Clark mentioned her other goals for the year include-- continuing to implement reforms, closing achievement gaps and boosting the graduation rate. "We look forward to growing as a team, and working on those very important issues that we have ahead."
The next regular board meeting happens two weeks from today starting at 4pm and it is open to the public.
Written by Arianna Bennett