The Leavenworth Board of Education has a new president ― Nancy Klemp.

The Leavenworth Board of Education has a new president ― Nancy Klemp.

Klemp was picked to serve as president during a school board meeting Monday night. Board members select a president and vice president from their ranks each year during a reorganizational meeting in July.

Monday also marked the first official meetings for new board members Doug Darling and Mike Carney. Both men previously served on the board, and now have returned to the board after voters elected them to four-year terms in April.

Klemp, who's served on the board since 2009, was nominated for the position of president by Darling. The nomination was seconded by board member Loyal Torkelson.

Board member Paul Kittle nominated board member Marti Crow for the position of president, saying Crow most exemplifies the qualities that are important for the position.

Board members Verna Raines seconded Crow's nomination.

Klemp received votes from four of the seven board members. Klemp joined Darling, Carney and Torkelson in voting for her nomination. Crow, Raines and Kittle voted for Crow's nomination.

This is the first time Klemp has been chosen to serve as the board president.

"I think we'll have a very good year," Klemp said after the meeting.

She said the board has "nice members, so that's plus."

Klemp replaces Mike Robinson as board president. Robinson lost in a bid for re-election to the board earlier this year.

Monday's meeting began with Crow presiding because she had been serving as the board's vice president. Once Klemp was elected president, the two women switched seats.

The board voted Monday to have Crow continue to serve as vice president.

Kittle nominated Crow for the vice president's position, with Raines seconding the nomination. Darling nominated Torkelson for the position. And Torkelson seconded his nomination.

Crow's nomination for vice president passed with Craw, Raines, Carney and Kittle voting for it.

Klemp, Torkelson and Darling voted for Torkelson's nomination.

Board members approved various other reorganization measures including the establishment of meeting dates. They decided to begin meeting on the third Tuesday of each month. The board had been meeting the third Monday of each month.

The vote for the change was not unanimous. It was approved 4-3 with Raines, Klemp and Crow voting against the measure.

Board members also approved a work session for next week. That meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 23.

They also scheduled a budget work session for 6 p.m. Aug. 6.