Former teacher Carrie Olson was elected Friday to a second stint as president of Denver Public Schools’ Board of Education.
Her election, by secret ballot, puts an experienced leader at the helm of a school board that had a reputation for dysfunction and infighting.
New board members Marlene De La Rosa, John Youngquist and Kimberlee Sia were sworn in Friday morning and elected shortly thereafter to the other three officer roles of vice president, secretary and treasurer, respectively.
While the board president and vice president are chosen by secret ballot, the secretary and treasurer are elected publicly by a voice vote. Youngquist was elected secretary unanimously. Sia was elected treasurer on a 4-3 vote. Former treasurer Scott Esserman got the other three votes.
De La Rosa, Youngquist and Sia were elected to the board Nov. 7 in a sweep for candidates backed by groups supportive of education reform and charter schools — and a rebuke of the two incumbents running for reelection.
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