Outgoing members Andy Lewis and Roni Posner received special recognition at the June 27 school board meeting for 10 years of service each to Cape Henlopen School District.
Bob Fulton said both Lewis and Posner predate his time as superintendent; Fulton began his role eight years ago.
“You were with me all along,” said Fulton, who thanked both members for their friendship and dedication to students.
“You’ve served as a good friend of mine and as my Jewish mother,” he said to Posner amidst laughter. “My mother is 350 miles away, and you took care of me the last eight years.”
Posner served on the board from 2010-19 and as vice president from 2013-15. The board presented her with a plaque and rocking chair as gifts.
After the meeting, Posner said the time she spent on the board was worth every minute.
“The important thing this board did was focus on policy,” Posner said. “We created strong and usable policies that helped the superintendent and staff deliver quality education we could be proud of. We were and will continue to be a great team.”
Posner said she plans to spend more time with her sisters who live outside the Cape Region. The former tennis star said she would also like to pick up her racket again.
“I’m going to focus on spending time with my family and all of my friends in Lewes, Rehoboth and Milton,” she said.
Fulton said Lewis’ insight as an engineer played a huge role in the district’s success.
“Andy truly cares what goes on here, and always offered a different perspective that makes us think differently about things,” Fulton said.
A board member from 2010-19, Lewis served as president from 2012-13 and 2014-18, and as vice president from 2011-12. The board presented him with a plaque and print of the Cape Henlopen lighthouse by Abraxas.
Speaking after the meeting, Lewis said during the district has 1,176 more students than when he began his term. During his time, the board oversaw construction of a new high school and a fifth elementary school, expansion of other elementaries and middle schools, and planned for a new middle school.
Lewis thanked fellow board members. “We didn’t always see eye-to-eye, but I knew you were all in it for the kids.”
“I’ve always tried to do my best for the kids, but it’s the administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals and support staff who, in the words of [former board member] Noble Prettyman, affect the lives of our young scholars every day. They’re the important ones,” he said.
While Lewis will not sit on the board, he will continue serving the district on the citizens’ budget oversight committee. Lewis is also district administrator for Delaware District 3 Little League, vice president of GMT Games, board chair of Boardgame Players Association and works for family-owned Lewis Research.
“I figure something new will find me,” he said. “That’s how I got into the school board; someone from Little League asked me to run. One thing I do know is I won’t go into politics. I’m not a politician.”