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|School Board Elections Result in Many New Faces
|Plenty of new blood is coming into area school boards as many incumbents took a fall in Tuesday night's elections.
The ROWVA school board voted to oust its only incumbent up for re-election for the board. Scott Lake of Rio led the candidates with 29 percent of the vote. Terry England of Ontario Township netted 20 percent of the vote and James Hynes of Sparta obtained 18 percent of the votes. Incumbent Ken Nelson missed out on retaining his spot by just 27 votes to the Sparta native in Hynes.
Due to current configuration of the board, only one candidate from Sparta and Ontario could be elected. Their board policy stipulates no more than three board members can reside in the same township.
The Williamsfield School Board kept most of their incumbents in place with current President Janet Collopy, Vice President Alan Wight, and board members Heath Smith and Jennifer Beard also retained their seats. Only incumbent Donald Gladfelter didn't retain his spot after obtaining only 17 percent of the votes. Alan Wight led all candidates in the school board race with 23 percent of the ballots cast in his name.
The Knoxville School Board, which faces some tough expansion questions, only brought back one incumbent from those up for re-election. Robert Bogard obtained 15 percent of the vote while fellow incumbents Darcy Thorp and Fred Neubert were not retained. John Putnam, a teacher in District 205 and Patrick Callahan, a retired Knoxville High School Principal, join Bogard as members of the Knoxville School Board. Babara Lester, Jennifer Nichols, and Chad Kirgan were not voted to a seat on the board along with Randy Johnson who withdrew from the race prior to election day but still obtained 180 votes.
|04 07 09 by Newsroom
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