AUGUSTA — Swearing-in ceremonies for city councilors and school board members elected in November, which had been planned for Thursday night, are snowed out.

City officials decided Thursday morning to cancel the evening’s planned inauguration because of the snowstorm that’s bringing blizzard conditions across Maine.

The canceled ceremony leaves the school board short of a chairperson, and two new members, with a board meeting coming up next week on Jan. 10.

So city and school officials have a “Plan B” in mind to ensure councilors and school board members can still be sworn in before conducting business.

City Manager William Bridgeo said it involves having school board members elected in November come by Augusta City Center, sometime before that Jan. 10 meeting, to be sworn in by City Clerk Roberta Fogg, so the board meeting will have both a quorum and a chairperson.

“The superintendent (James Anastasio) and I met this morning and talked about it, and we’d probably have board members come in, at their convenience, to be sworn-in by the city clerk,” City Manager William Bridgeo said Wednesday. “So the school board could have a quorum for their meeting” on Jan. 10.

Swearing in ceremonies for city councilors will be moved to next week, Jan. 11, when councilors are scheduled to meet anyway, according to Bridgeo. School board members may also participate in those ceremonies, even if they’ve already been sworn in by the clerk beforehand.

Taking the oath of office, sometime soon, are: Edward Hastings, school board chairman; Jason Bersani, at large school board; and Chris Clarke, Ward 2 school board; and Eric Lind, city council Ward 4; Linda Conti, council Ward 1, and Jennifer Day, council at-large.

Keith Edwards — 621-5647

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