Board member Sheila Uggetti commends outgoing President Charles Santa Cruz for leading the Gilbert Public Schools board of directors over the past two years. (Screenshot from YouTube)
The Gilbert Public Schools Board of Directors elected new officials at a special organizational meeting of the Board of Directors on January 4.
Lori Wood, last year’s executive secretary, was elected chairman of the board, replacing Charles Santa Cruz. Wood, who has served on the board since 2016, was unanimous for the position.
Sheila Uggetti was also elected Secretary of the Board of Directors. Board member Jill Humpherys was also looking for the job.
The board members exchanged some of their committee duties with one another. Humpherys will serve as liaison officer for the City of Mesa and the Arizona Legislature. Wood will serve as the board representative at the Gilbert Educational Foundation. Santa Cruz will fill the vacated liaison office in the city of Gilbert and act as the deputy legislature. Uggetti will continue in her role with the district insurance trust, and Bill Parker will continue to serve on the audit committee.
The board also decided to resume regular business meeting times on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m., generally the second and fourth weeks of each month, while policy meetings take place on the third Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.
Following Wood’s election, Uggetti praised Santa Cruz in his leadership as chairman of the board over the past two years during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was a turbulent time all over this country,” she said. “We saw it here in Gilbert, and you have handled it on every opportunity and in everything that has happened, not just professionally but with compassion and empathy and respect for our community, giving everyone a voice and always being respectful of I can.” don’t even imagine having someone else in the past two years. ”