B y Krystle S. Morey

The Granville Board of Education voted to keep its leadership the same at its annual reorganizational meeting Monday night.
Audrey Hicks was reelected 5-4 to serve a second year as the board’s president, with board members Molly Celani, John McDermott, Carrie O’Brien and Dale Bucciero voting against. The same vote secured Suzanne McEachron’s seat as vice president.

School Board President Audrey Hicks was reelected Monday, July 11. She is pictured here being sworn in at the board’s reorganizational meeting.

School Board President Audrey Hicks was reelected Monday, July 11. She is pictured here being sworn in at the board’s reorganizational meeting.

Each position, president and vice president, was challenged.
Celani was recommended by McDermott to serve as president. After falling short to Hicks for that position, she was nominated by O’Brien for the vice president’s seat, but again to no avail.
McDermott quoted the 4H motto to express his confidence in Celani as a leader: “to make the best better.”
“I firmly believe that Molly Celani will be a consensus builder and will improve collaboration and inclusion … in policy and governance … and improve our relationship with administration and increase the board’s support and confidence in our administrators and motivate and energize them to reach new heights,” McDermott said.
“This is not to diminish the efforts of the board from last year or our leadership from last year,” McDermott added.
The board has been pretty split since the debate about the appointment of a football coach to head Granville’s varsity team. Questions about violated policy and the contentious reappointment of Mario Torres has created an unofficial divide of the board, which held true with the reelection voting.
New board member Ed Vladyka, who attended the meeting – his first – via a video conference call, cast the deciding vote for each position.

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