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The changing of the guard

New voices and new roles for CCA school board
Swearing in: Jeff Tackaberry, Eileen Schmidt, Jennifer Mooney and Matt McAreavy take the oath of office for the School Board of Directors for the Clear Creek Amana Community School District during the board’s annual organizational meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Tackaberry is brand new to the board while Schmidt is a former director. Mooney and McAreavy were incumbents in the Nov. 5 election.

OXFORD– It was the changing of the guard Tuesday, Nov. 19, for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s School Board of Directors as Steve Swenka and Terry Davis departed at the end of their terms, and Eileen Schmidt and Jeff Tackaberry joined the seven-member board.
Swenka and Davis declined to run for re-election in the Nov. 5 city and school elections while Schmidt, a former board member, ran for one of two at-large seats, and Tackaberry ran unopposed for Director District 3. Incumbents Jennifer Mooney and Matt McAreavy returned to the board with Mooney running unopposed for Director District 1, while McAreavy garnered the most votes in the four-way battle for two at-large seats. McAreavy netted 667 votes (Johnson and Iowa County total) and Schmidt pulled in 638, while Penny Schnedler received 361 and Brian Horsford was the recipient of 320 votes.
During the organizational meeting, Board President Bob Broghammer stepped down and nominated Mooney, who was elected by the board unanimously. McAreavy was nominated to take over the vice president role vacated by Mooney, and also received a unanimous vote.
The board agreed to keep its work sessions on the first Wednesday of the month with the regular meeting on the third. However, the time was moved up from 6:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Regular meetings, and most work sessions, are held at the district’s administrative office at 1486 Highway 6, NW (the former Hummer Trucking building), Oxford.