Attorney Stephen G. Boyden, who was often the spokesman for the minority on the Salt Lake Board of Education opposing the switch in high school boundaries, was elected board president in the first meeting of the newly reorganized board Tuesday night.
In a meeting in which two new members were sworn in, Boyden, who had been serving as board vice president, was elected by a 6-1 vote, defeating Ron Walker. Boyden replaces architect F. Keith Stepan, who was often on the other side of the issue from Boyden during the boundary debate.Walker, who usually voted with the majority, was elected board vice president.
Salt Lake County Clerk Dixon Hindley administered the oath of office to attorney Alan F. Mecham, who represents southeastern Salt Lake City. He replaces Carolyn Kump, who retired from the board after 10 years.
Steven L. Olsen, an employee of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was also sworn in. He replaces Colleen Minson, representing the South High area.
Boyden and Stepan, who were re-elected, took the oath, too.