Leavenworth School Board members voted Wednesday to keep the same president as they head into another school year.
But, a majority of board members decided to change their vice president.

Leavenworth School Board members voted Wednesday to keep the same president as they head into another school year.

But, a majority of board members decided to change their vice president.

During an annual reorganization of the board, members voted unanimously to have Nancy Klemp continue to serve as president.

"Thank you very much for your support," Klemp said to fellow board members.

Board member Mike Carney was voted vice president.

Carney is beginning the second year of his current term on the school board. He previously served one term on the board from 2001-2005.

Carney said he is excited about the upcoming school year, noting the district has new people in the superintendent's and other staff positions.

"I think we're going to be off to a good start this year," he said.

Carney was one of three board members to be nominated for vice president.

Doug Darling and Marti Crow also were nominated.

Crow served as vice president during the last year.

None of the nominees received enough votes to be elected to the position during an initial round of voting. After additional voting, Carney received enough votes to be named the new vice president.

Klemp was the only nominee for president.

She is in her fifth year on the board. This is the second year she has served as the board's president.

"I think it is going to be a very good year," Klemp said.

She said there are a lot of good things in place in the school district.

Klemp is a candidate for the Kansas State Board of Education.

She is running as a Republican in the state board's 1st District. The district includes all of Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties and part of Douglas County.

Klemp is challenging the incumbent, Janet Waugh, a Democrat from Kansas City, Kan.

Waugh has served on the state board since 1999.

Neither candidate will face a primary challenger next month. The general election will be Nov. 4.

Klemp said she will step down from the Leavenworth School Board if she's elected to the state board.

"If I would happen to win, I would leave in January," she said.

Regardless of what happens in the November election, Klemp said she doesn't plan to seek another term on the Leavenworth School Board.

She said it's time for younger people to serve on the local board.

Wednesday also marked the first regular board meeting attended by Mike Roth since he officially began his duties as district superintendent at the beginning of this month.

Roth did attend a special board meeting Tuesday during which the new superintendent and board members discussed expectations.

Roth said Wednesday that the dialogue with the board during the special meeting had been rewarding.

"I think last night really took us a step in the right direction," he said.