Archive for Thursday, April 3, 2003

USD 491 incumbents back on Board

April 3, 2003

It will be business as usual for the USD 491 Board of Education when new terms begin July 1. All four incumbents running were voted back onto the school board Tuesday night.

Kenny Massey (663) brought in the most votes.

"I was so worried about (the election) I went to the B.B. King concert," he joked.

Massey said he wasn't surprised to see himself, Mark Chrislip, Greg Neis and Joe Pyle return to the Board with things having gone as well as they had with the bond issue and the new school construction. He also credited the Board's job in dealing with the budget.

Pyle (656) was out of the country for the election and unavailable for comment.

Greg Neis (595) came in third place, followed by Mark Chrislip (536). Marion Johnson (523) barely fell behind Chrislip and ahead of Mark Salmans (382). The election results will be unofficial until the Douglas County Commission and County Clerk Patty Jaimes canvass the votes Friday.

Neis said he wasn't surprised either to see all four incumbents return to the Board.

"Name recognition is most of it," he said. "I've seen it that way a lot."

Unless voters were largely unhappy with current members, he said he thought people usually voted for who they knew Chrislip said the votes came out as he expected them to.

Although Neis, who has been elected for the fifth time, said work on the Board would be business as usual, Massey said being re-elected to the Board gave him the opportunity to look at the job in a fresh way.

"I think it's kind of re-energizing to refocus and kind of start over," he said. "You remember where you were, but you work hard to get where you want to be."

For Chrislip, getting re-elected gave him time to think about what was going on in the district.

"I think it gave me an opportunity to refocus on my priorities," he said."It's nice to be able to serve in that capacity. I'm excited about what's going on in the district."

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