BLOOMFIELD — Three new faces dotted the Bloomfield school board room Tuesday night, ready to bridge the gap between community member and the school district.

Board members Bruce Armenta, Eric Smith and Veronica Tso were sworn in by Judge Marlon Maloy at the beginning of the board of education meeting before any action was taken.

The three new board members sworn in represent a change as all but two members were replaced

Maloy said it was a honor to administer the oath of office to all three members as they were in the school district when he taught there.

Armenta beat District 2 incumbent Karen Ransom during the Feb. 5 election while Smith won the District 4 seat and Tso took District 5. Board members in District 4 and 5 did not run for reelection.

During the board reorganization portion of the meeting, Board President Jim Conyers and Vice President Tasha Lucero were nominated and approved to continue in their positions.

Tso was selected as the new board secretary after being nominated by Armenta.

Conyers said he also remembered the three board members from his 30 years working in the school district and was excited to see what they bring to table.

"This will be some potential for change," Conyers said. "They should be interested in (change), they want to be a part of things."

Superintendent Joe Rasor and other members of the administration took time to explain how the board meetings are run and explain how each section of the agenda worked.


The board approved a special meeting for March 19 at 6 p.m. following spring break to inform the new members about the strategic plan for the district. It will include a closed session to cover pending litigation.

Smith currently has two children who are students in the district and was looking for another way to support them and their education.

"I've lived in this community my whole life and my kids go here," Smith said. "Some of the other board members were going to step down and I thought, If you want to do good, you got to do it yourself.'"

Both Tso and Armenta previously worked for the school district. Tso spent eight years as the Indian Education chairperson and Armenta coached softball for several years.

Armenta said he was excited for new blood to be introduced to keep things fresh.

"It's always good to get new blood to help (the board) see things a different way," Armenta said. "People that have been on the board for a while may have stagnated for a while. (When) you get new people, you get new ideas and new ways to see things."

After watching his daughter graduate from Bloomfield High School, he hopes to help bring more attention to college readiness.

"There are some things she could have taken to be prepared for college," Armenta said. "Things you don't know until you are actually there."

Tso said her main interest in running for the board position was to work with the community and act as a line of communication between the education system and members of the community.

"My passion is education and to help ... children to succeed with quality education," Tso said.

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