School board swears in new members, elects Michalsky president

The Katy ISD Board of Trustees, in a special two-part meeting May 19, swore in three recently elected candidates before reconvening with the new board to select a new president and officers.

After certifying the vote from the May 10 election, the three successful candidates for position 3, 4, and 5, Ashley Vann, Courtney Doyle and Henry Dibrell respectively, took the oath of office.

With its new lineup, the board then held its officer elections. Bryan Michalsky was voted board president for the 2014-2015 school year, replacing Rebecca Fox, who served for two years. Fox was voted into the position of secretary. Henry Dibrell, who has been on the board since 2011 was selected as vice president. Doyle, a new member, will serve as Sergeant-at-Arms; Joe Adams and Ashley Vann will not carry a special position.

All of the nominations and votes were unanimous.

The new president, Michalsky is an accountant by trade and serves as the chief financial officer for Cotton Holdings, Inc. He was elected to position 6 of the board in May 2012.

"While I humbly appreciate that this board now has the confidence in me to serve as board president for the next year, truthfully I'm not sure I'm ready for that role," Michalsky said. "But knowing that [former president Fox] and others will be here mentoring me provides me the confidence that we—collectively as a team—will continue to move forward and be the absolute best we can be."

The board also allowed outgoing board members Bill Proctor and Terry Huckaby a few parting words.

"I'd just like to thank the Katy community, the taxpayers, parents, students and all involved for being able to represent them on the Katy ISD school board; thank you," said Proctor, outgoing position 3 board member.

"I want to thank the community and the administration as well," position 4 board member Huckaby said.

Dibrell also said a few words of recognition to the incoming and outgoing presidents. He compared Fox to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who saw her people through a time of turmoil.

"Mr. Michalsky, I don't envy you in having to follow in her footsteps," Dibrell said of Fox to the incoming president. "The past two years, the leadership, the dedication, the passion for the young people of this community, the passion for Katy as a whole, has come through."

The next Katy ISD Board of Trustees regular meeting is scheduled for May 27.


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