Marty Chitty selected as Nevada school board president as new, reelected members sworn in

Phillip Sitter
Ames Tribune

Marty Chitty will lead the Nevada school board after being elected the governing body's president. 

His election is part of Nevada's school board reorganization Monday following the November local election.

New member Amici Hayek and reelected member Joe Anderson were also sworn in. 

With two seats open on the board and five candidates to choose from, Hayek led voters' choices with 32.01% of the vote, and Anderson got 24.33% of the vote, according to official results. 

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The five-member board will continue to lead the district through the COVID-19 pandemic, and continued to receive updates Monday about the ongoing renovation of the middle school, which includes the addition of a dedicated wrestling room, a new roof and other updated features.

The project is on its "final home stretch," and the wrestling room could be ready about the beginning of December, according to Randy Sharp, of Estes Construction — the project's construction manager.

Nevada's newly-elected school board member Amici Hayek, left, and reelected board member Joe Anderson, right, are sworn in Nov. 15, 2021 by board secretary Brian Schaeffer, center.

Hayek told the Ames Tribune that with her experience working within schools — she's an assistive technology specialist and a bilingual speech pathologist — she has a good idea of what teachers go through and how policies affect students who receive special education services.

She added there are a lot of people in the community who care, and she's happy to serve on the board and be an advocate.

Anderson said he appreciated the community's support for him during the election and his previous four years on the board, and was happy with the high turnout for the election — almost 21% across the county as a whole for the Nov. 2 elections.

He said while he's still learning finer details as he serves on the board, after four years, everything's more familiar to him now. 

Chitty was elected president after the departure of Tori Carsrud, who did not seek reelection this year.

Chitty since said he's served on the board since 2007 — though for a time he was also the county supervisor — and he has been the school board president before.

He told the new and returning members on Monday that he's looking forward to hearing more of everyone's voices and thoughts.

The board retained Tom Maier as its vice president.

In other business, the board had originally planned to discuss having a special meeting about federal workplace COVID-19 vaccination requirements but opted to wait on that until there's some kind of resolution from lawsuits against the requirements that are playing out in federal courts.

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Phillip Sitter covers education for the Ames Tribune, including Iowa State University and PreK-12 schools in Ames and elsewhere in Story County. Phillip can be reached via email at psitter@gannett.com. He is on Twitter @pslifeisabeauty.