It wasn't certain Tuesday whether the Southwest Allen County Schools board would adjourn with officers chosen for 2022.
One of the five members, Mark Gilpin, planned to participate remotely, but his connection was lost when the meeting began, prompting his colleagues to start with the business meeting instead of the annual reorganization tasks.
President Bradley Mills noted the board had until mid-January to elect officers, but the board didn't need to worry about rescheduling.
Gilpin's online connection was eventually restored, and the importance of his participation in the selection of president, vice president and secretary quickly became apparent.
He and two others -- Mills and Doug Copley -- rejected Jennifer Bennett's nominees: Jennifer Couch as president, Bennett as vice president and Copley as secretary. The women supported the slate.
Gilpin instead suggested Mills remain as president, and he nominated Couch as vice president and Copley as secretary. That passed 3-2 along gender lines.