By Kevin Thranow
In the first St. Francis Indian School board meeting since the recent general election, new members were welcomed and outgoing members were recognized for their hard work.
Sitting board president Lynne Colombe administered the oath of office to new student board representative Matilda Anderson, regular member Richard “Tuffy” Lunderman, and re-elected member and sitting board vice-president Ben Black Bear, III.
Black Bear and former student representative Bryton Whipple were honored with star quilts for their recently completed terms on the school board. A star quilt was also presented as a gift of Florentine Blue Thunder and Pearl Spotted Tail to former board member Georgia Kills In Water in honor of her service and completion of a three-year term on the Tribal school board. A prayer and honor song by Keith Horse Looking, Sr., for the honorees followed.
Nicole Marshall also received a star quilt in recognition of her 18 years of service with St. Francis Indian School.
After the presentations and opportunities for all in attendance to congratulate the honorees, the board elected officers for the next term. Ben Black Bear, III, will take over as the board president after serving as vice-president for the preceeding term. Lynne Colombe assumed the vice-presidency after completing her term as president. Treasurer Donald Leader Charge, Sr., and secretary Henry Quick Bear, Sr., were elected to remain in their current officer positions for another term.
Other items addressed at the meeting were plans to repair the roof of the Crazy Horse Administrative Building and a report of the school’s Gifted and Talented program by consultant Chris Bordeaux.
The next St. Francis Indian School board meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26, at the Crazy Horse Administrative Building.