(Max Math, Christine Martinez, Aaron Martin, Dan Orecchio and Ken Ciancio)
Dan Orecchio and Aaron Martin joined Ken Ciancio, Max Math and Christine Martinez on the WPS Board of Education after a swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, November 9. County Court Judge Martin Flaum swore both men into office. Interestingly, Flaum worked as a substitute teacher in the district while preparing to go to law school.
Orecchio and Martin replace Joe Davidek and Ryan McCoy who were term-limited and unable to run for reelection.
As its first order of business, the board unanimously elected Ciancio as President, Math as Vice President and Martinez as Treasurer.
It was an emotional night for Orecchio who grew up in the community and graduated from Westminster High School. He recalled a teacher, Mr. Ross, who taught drafting to him in high school and inspired him to become an architect. “It’s such an honor to come back and be able to give back and help the kids in this district and help them be successful,” he said.
Martin is married to Brenda Martin, Principal at Colorado STEM Academy. They have two children attending school in WPS. “These are really complicated times we find ourselves in right now,” he said referring to COVID-19, the spread of social media and unique economic challenges. “I’m very honored to be chosen to help the school district and help keep us on a path to success.”
Davidek and McCloy have pledged to stay involved with the school district and look for ways to use the experience and perspective they gained during eight-year on the board.
“All of us are grateful for the work you have done for our children and are pleased to know that you are going to continue to work with us, said Superintendent Pam Swanson. “You two made a tremendous impact on this school district.”
Remarks from new Board of Education member, Aaron Martin.
Remarks from new Board of Education member, Dan Orecchio.