Voters welcome Martin to the Board
School district patrons decided to hang onto incumbents Brenda Clark and Bob Rice and invited newcomer Jim Martin to the table in the Eudora USD 491 Board of Education election Tuesday.
The top vote-getter was Brenda Clark, who was given 661, or 25.0 percent of the 2,642 total votes. Martin had a strong showing with 584, or 22.1 percent, and Rice was given 533, or 20.2 percent of the vote.
"I am thrilled," Clark said. "I didn't think it would be quite that high, but I am really happy. There is an outpouring of support there, and a lot more than I knew I had. I am just excited to be back on the board and to continue to serve the community."
This will be Clark's third term, and she's one of only a handful of women to have ever served on the Board.
"It's really nice to continue to do that," she said.
Rice, who has served four terms on the Board, said dealing with state funding for education would be at the top of the list for the Board.
"We'll have to wait and see what our funding is, what the state does with us," he said.
After this four-year term Rice will have been a member of the School Board for 20 years.
"I kind of wanted one more term," he said.
Rice said this would probably be his last term.
Martin said he would take advantage of the time he had before taking office in July to meet with administrators and other School Board members to get more familiar with issues facing the school district.
The closest race was between Rice and Marion Johnson, who received the fourth highest number of votes at 522, or 19.8 percent--only 11 votes behind Rice.
Branden Boyd received 342 votes, or 12.9 percent.
The elected members will be sworn in during the School Board's July meeting.