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New mix for area school boards following election

Local school districts followed the state-wide trend this year with a record number of names on the ballot. Many schools will see familiar faces among new board members as they begin their business of educating children.

Bismarck

Two incumbents and one challenger were elected to the Bismarck R-V School Board during Tuesday’s election. New to the board will be Norman Lee Loughary who received the most votes with 215 in St. Francois County and four in Washington County. Incumbent David B. Moore received 195 votes in St. Francois County and three votes in Washington County. Incumbent David I. Mayo, Jr. received 169 votes in St. Francois County and one vote in Washington County.

Keith Colwell received 158 votes in St. Francois County and one vote in Washington County. Stanley A. Jackson received 156 votes in St. Francois County and four votes in Washington County. Dennis Mayberry, Jr. received 136 votes in St. Francois County and no votes in Washington County. Troy Lincoln received 103 votes in St. Francois County and two votes in Washington County.

Loughary has been a resident of Bismarck for 44 years. He works at the Doe Run Resource Recycling facility.

“I am overwhelmed,” Loughary said. ” I appreciate everyone that voted for me. I am going to try to do the best job that I can possibly do.”

Loughary ran for the school board on the premise that he wanted to help kids.

“I want to do this,” Loughary said. “I am very interested in helping kids with their education. I feel that I can give a broad opinion on a number of issues.”

Moore has lived in Bismarck since 1998. He is currently the president of the Bismarck R-5 Board of Education, having been on the board for nearly four years.

“I feel my continued presence on the board and my familiarity with the district are assets I bring to the board,” Moore said. “Some people say serving on the school board is a thankless position. I don’t feel that way. I think it is a rewarding experience. I like working with the administration, faculty and students to provide a positive learning environment.”

Mayo has served on the Bismarck school board for nine years. He is a life-long resident of Bismarck. Mayo is the district manager for ABC Supply Company.

“This term will let me see a whole generation of kids pass through the Bismarck School District,” Mayo said.

Central

The three incumbents were victorious in their bids for new terms on the Central R-3 School District Board of Education. Dennis Norris, Ken Douglas and Danny Bates were re-elected to their seats in a five-way race.

Norris received the most votes with 690 in St. Francois County and 18 in Ste. Genevieve County. Douglas received 595 votes in St. Francois County and 13 in Ste. Genevieve County. Bates received 555 votes in St. Francois County and seven in Ste. Genevieve County. Ronnie Calvird received 539 votes in St. Francois County and five in Ste. Genevieve County. Bryan Manion received 425 votes in St. Francois County and eight in Ste. Genevieve County.

Norris has lived in the Central School District all his life. He just completed his first three-year term on the school board. He works for the Department of Corrections as an education supervisor.

“I appreciate all the votes I received,” Norris said. “I thought there were five extremely good candidates in this race. Before my retirement it was a pleasure to work in the Central R-III School District. It is an honor to serve on the school board and I am looking forward to continuing my service on the board.”

Douglas has been a resident of Park Hills for 28 years and is a broker with Edward Jones. He is wrapping up his first term on the Central School Board.

“I am thrilled to death,” Douglas said. “I think we have one of the top school districts in the state. I compliment the administration, the staff and the students. They are the ones who do all the work. They make serving on the board an honor and a privilege. I think things at Central will continue on an upward path and I am tickled to death that I will be a part of them.”

Bates has lived in Park Hills for 12 years.

“All five candidates did very well,” Bates said. “I feel very honored. Our school district right now is on top of things. Anytime you have the caliber of candidates running in an election like we did, the school district is going to come out a winner no matter what. I am very honored to serve another term.”

North County

Only one of three school board members up for reelection will remain on the North County Board of Education.

Keith Bannister was re-elected. He received 875 votes. Others elected to the school board Tuesday night were Janice Neubrand with 1,407 votes and Allen Baranovic who received 966 votes.

Defeated were incumbents Steve Martin who received 585 votes and Gary Boyer with 514.

Martin had served two three-year terms on the board and filled out the remaining year on another term. Boyer was seeking a fourth term.

Slightly behind them were Shawn Kay with 407 votes; Ed Plunkett with 292; and Kelly Briley with 245.

This will be Bannister’s second term on the school board where he serves as vice president.

Bannister said he is pleased that the voters expressed confidence in him. He has said the main focus of the district right now is on student achievement and putting things in place to enable students to succeed.

He said he is also pleased that Proposition KIDS 2005 passed. He believes it will go a long way to enhance some of the district’s projects.

Neubrand had previously served seven years on the school board. But it’s been three years since she’s been on the board.

Neubrand said she was excited and really pleased so many people got out to vote. She said she is anxious to start on the school board.

She said she decided to run again because she is concerned about where the curriculum is headed. She said the last few years, the MAP test has taken over the curriculum and she is disappointed where it has gone as a result of that.

Baranovic said he wanted to thank everyone who voted for him. He said it looks like voters wanted a new voice and he looks forward to working with others on the school board.

Baranovic said he decided to run for school board to ensure children receive the highest quality education by using all resources in the district in a fiscally responsible manner. He said there is some mistrust between the community and the district and he believes they need to work on public relations. He said the biggest improvement he would like to see is the board and the administrators working together as a team.

West County

In a close race, two of the three incumbents on the West County School Board were re-elected to three-year terms according to unofficial results in Tuesday’s elections.

Results show incumbent Lynn Frago beat incumbent John French by one vote. Frago received 284 votes to French’s 283 in St. Francois and Washington counties. The district lies in both counties.

Frago declined to declare victory until the vote is officially decided.

” I was surprised that the vote was as close as it was,” Frago said. “I’m happy that I got the one vote, but I’ll wait to see if there’s a recount.”

Frago has been on the board for approximately 30 years and has lived in the area most of his life. He is an electrical supervisor at the Doe Run Herculaneum plant.

During his campaign, Frago said the district should continue hiring “the right people who will do the best job.” He also said that academics should come first.

Newcomer Brett Forshee and incumbent Clyde Briley, Jr., won seats with Forshee receiving 383 votes and Briley garnering 335. The fifth candidate for the three open seats was Dale Whelehon, who received 237 votes.

The raced marked Forshee’s first bid at public office.

“I’m kind of overwhelmed by the votes I received from the district, my not being an incumbent,” he said. “I’m anxious to get involved with the school district and keep our schools on top. It’s good to know the people are behind me.”

Forshee grew up in the district and has stayed involved with the schools, West County sports and after-school programs. He is a maintenance electrician for Buckman Laboratories, Inc., in Cadet.

Briley will begin his fourth term on the board. He looks forward to continuing his work with administrators, staff and support staff.

“It was a close race and I want to thank everyone who voted for me and gave me their confidence,” Briley said. “I’ll do my best to fulfill their expectations. I’m always open for suggestions and input from people.”

Briley is commander of the Mineral Area VFW Post 5741 and is a master board member of the Missouri School Board Association member, where he has earned advanced membership. Briley retired from Union Pacific Railroad.

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