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Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 4:07 pm | Updated: 3:48 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The Gilbert Unified School District governing board voted unanimously Tuesday to keep Thad Stump as board president after no one else was interested in taking over the responsibility.

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Typically, the board president seat rotates every year, and the president is usually the spokesperson for the board.

Stump said although he wasn't seeking the president's seat again for 2010, he would be willing to fill the seat if no one else wanted it.

Stump has been on the board since October 2004 and was originally appointed to fill a vacant seat. His seat is up at the end of the year, and he hasn't decided yet if he's running again for another four-year term.

Board clerk Lily Tram thanked Stump for his work during the "challenging" year.

Board members also voted 3-2 to keep Tram as the board clerk, essentially the board vice president.

Although Tram was nominated for the president spot, she declined the nomination, saying she isn't ready to serve in the top spot. However, she did say she would like to remain as the clerk.

Tram has been on the board since April 2008, when she was appointed to fill a vacant seat and then won the November 2008 election to stay on the board for four more years.

Board member Adelaida Severson nominated board member E.J. Anderson for the clerk position, but Tram ultimately was voted into the spot after board member Helen Hollands and Stump voted for her, along with Tram's vote for herself.

The board will continue to meet at 7 p.m., the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at the district office.

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