The people in charge of Hesperia's school board and the people on the outs are even easier to identify now: Just look for the ones with official titles.

As part of an annual rite, the Hesperia Unified School District school board reorganized at their Monday night meeting, choosing a new president, vice-president and clerk of the board.

The controlling three-member majority locked up all of the positions, with Hardy Black being selected as board president, Anthony Riley as vice-president and Robert Kirk as secretary.

Black has been the board secretary before and Kirk was president last year, until he stepped down from the position in April, in an attempt to defuse some of the criticism leveled at him, including from fellow board member Chris Bentley.

All three positions were approved by 3-2 votes, with Bentley and board member Lee Rogers in opposition.

Unlike the mayorship, which Thurston "Smitty" Smith retained for a second term in the first city council meeting in December and which is largely a ceremonial position, the board president has additional powers and responsibilities accorded to him by board bylaws. Black will not only run meetings, but help set the agenda and be the public face of the board.

Black began his term by sticking to his guns: Long an opponent of extending board meetings past 10:30 p.m., the official end-time, Black was the lone member of the board to vote against extending the meeting by 15 minutes on Monday night, so that they could vote in a new president.

The next regular meeting of the HUSD school board will be held on Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. in the HUSD Educational Support Center Annex, 15576 Main Street.

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