HEMPSTEAD - The Hempstead School Board elected a new president to replace embattled Betty Cross from the position.

Lamont Johnson, a graduate of Hempstead High School and a former police officer, told News 12 that he has big plans to improve the district’s reputation.

As News 12 has reported, there has been constant controversy at the school district, including an alleged grade-fixing scandal, allegations of voter fraud and protests by parents who have long complained they feel shut out.

“Our plan is to unite everyone, to make everyone feel welcome,” said Johnson.

Betty Cross was elected treasurer of the school board at Tuesday’s meeting. A petition challenging her re-election to the board is currently before the state education commissioner.

Cross did not return a call to comment.