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Deirdre Alderfer takes president’s chair on NH-S School Board


The New Hope-Solebury School Board met on Dec. 5 to reorganize, install new leadership.

The meeting began with public comment on agenda items, the election of a president so Mel Band of Solebury arose to opine that as each candidate received a nomination it would be appropriate for that candidate to tell the public about his or her qualifications for the position.

Band suggested the candidate list two or three ways in which the candidate’s presidency might serve the district in the coming year.

Outgoing President John Capriotti was chosen to be the temporary president and he opened nominations for the position by nominating Deirdre Alderfer.

Stan Marcus stood to address the board from the podium to explain his reason for nominating Mark Cowell. Marcus reflected that a new superintendent is about to step into the district and a board president is in a position to be very helpful in the process.

Marcus suggested Mark Cowell has vast experience in education including being a superintendent and opined that perhaps Mrs. Alderfer defer her tenure by a year withdrawing her nomination and allowing the more appropriately experienced Cowell to fill the spot.

A vote was taken and a third of the vote went to Cowell. Alderfer became president, taking over the chair and opening nominations for vice president. Liz Sheehan got the nomination and subsequent election as vice president.

No appointments to committees were made. Capriotti suggested that people submit their names for chairing committees. The appointments will be addressed on Dec. 20, at the next regular meeting.