Ken Ciancio, a 1982 graduate of Ranum High School made a little history this week for both District 50 and his family.
Ciancio was sworn in as a Board of Education member Tuesday night after being unanimously selected to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Bob Landgraf, who is moving outside of the school district.
This is Ken’s first stint in the position, but he is not the first Ciancio to serve on the D50 Board of Education. His father Don held a similar role during the 1980’s and 90’s.
“I’m certain that if smoking is allowed in heaven, he would have lit up a cigar in my honor,” Ciancio joked. “He would be very pleased.”
Ciancio also thanked the board for selecting him for the position which he will hold until 2015. He can choose to run for election in the November election as an incumbent.
“We can accomplish great things for the kids, the community and the District,” he said. He also praised the other three candidates who were considered for the vacancy.
Richard Pabon, Scott Magerfleisch and Dove Miller all applied for the position and, like Ciancio, underwent a public interview with the Board of Education. While choosing Ciancio, the board members praised the other candidates and encouraged them to remain active in their community and consider running for the board in future years.
The old Board of Education had a note of distinction in that all of the members were graduates of Westminster High School, each from a different decade. The addition of Ciancio means that while all the board members are products of District 50, there are now four Westminster Warriors and one Ranum Raider serving on the board.
No doubt, there will be some good natured kidding in board meetings of the future.
Click below to see Ciancio’s remarks after being sworn in.