(Editor's note: In the photo caption of a photo that accompanied an earlier version of this article, the Herald Democrat incorrectly identified David Hawley.)
Randy Sedlacek and Brian Aspell rejoined the ranks of the Denison Independent School District's board of trustees at the group's monthly meeting on Tuesday night.
Both Aspell and Sedlacek have served multiple terms on the board and each ran unopposed for Ward 5, Place 7 and Ward 7, Place 6 respectively. They were confirmed by fellow board member Bruce Hysmith in an induction ceremony held inside the Smith Auditorium at Denison High School and each will serve a two-year term.
“These guys are great school board members and both of them are in it for the kids,” Denison Independent School District Superintendent Henry Scott said. “That to me is special. I couldn't ask for two better board members.”
Sedlacek, who is the board president, said he was glad to be a board member yet again, but the public doesn't always understand the big-picture role that he and other trustees play.
“Most of the public doesn't really understand what the board of trustees does,” Sedlacek said. “They think we carry out the day-to-day operations of the schools. But the truth of the matter is we're limited by the state on our activities, on what we can and can't do. Most everybody here either has a full time job or is retired. We're here on a volunteer basis.”
Sedlacek joined the board in 2008 and is entering his fifth term as a trustee. He owns two businesses which specialize in the fabrication of steel construction materials.
“I have a passion for students and public education specifically,” Sedlacek said. “As long as I think I'm making a difference in our community and statewide with public education, I'm thrilled to continue to be a part of that.”
Aspell was elected to the board in the spring of 2011, shortly after he moved to Denison, and is entering his third full term. He is a former U.S. Air Force veteran and current vice president of Champion Cooler.
He described being a trustee as a privilege and said he loves being on the board all the more because of the school district itself and the board members' ability to get along with one another.
“It's a great community,” Aspell said. “It's how the board works together. There's just good camaraderie and I think we all have the same vision.”
Aspell has previously said he plans to use his newest term to secure additional funding for the school district and to inform state lawmakers of what the district and those who are a part of it really want
“It's important that we get our voices heard and keep public education the main focus,” Aspell said.
With Sedlacek and Aspell back on the team, the trustees also took the opportunity Tuesday to name the board leaders and all assumed their former roles. David Hawley was named the board's secretary, Hysmith was appointed vice president and Sedlacek assumed the position of board president.
“It's because they've done a good job,” Scott said of the three's nominations. “(The trustees) went into executive session and all of them said, 'We don't want a change. All of these people have done a good job.' So, they brought them back again.”