Board members look ahead to new term
After polls closed Tuesday, it became clear three incumbents ---- Joe Pyle, Kenny Massey and Mark Chrislip ---- would return to the Eudora USD 491 Board of Education. Newcomer Belinda Rehmer will join the board, replacing board member Greg Neis.
Massey was the most successful candidate with 322 votes, or 15.24 percent of the total 2,113 cast in Douglas, Johnson and Leavenworth counties. Pyle received 317 votes, or 15 percent. Rehmer was third with 288 and Chrislip picked up the final position by receiving 277 votes. Mike Kelso received 255 votes, and Neis received 254 votes. All results are unofficial until Friday when the counties finish canvassing.
"I'm looking forward to the continuing progress with the bond issue and moving forward and raising the expectations of the students and the staff for the next four years," Massey said.
Pyle, who found out he was re-elected while on a business trip to Texas, said he was pleased by the results of the election.
"I'm very humbled by the support of the voters, and I thank them and I want to continue to do a good job for the school district and the patrons of Eudora," Pyle said.
Pyle said it was important the district present voters with a clearly communicated view of the upcoming bond issue.
Chrislip will start his fifth term on the school board.
"I guess I'm just glad to be able to be in a position to serve for another four years, and I'm excited about the progress of the district from an academic standpoint and also from a financial standpoint," Chrislip said. "I look forward to working on the bond issue and that we present the best strategy that's going to benefit the kids."
After running for the school board once before without gaining a seat, Rehmer is ready to do her part for the district, she said.
First, she had to let the fact she won sink in, she said.
"I've got to spend a little time to realize it's real," Rehmer said.
She'll spend the intervening time between now and taking her seat in July becoming familiarized with the new position, she said.
"I really appreciate the confidence, and I'm going to do what I can to make sure (the voters) are not disappointed," Rehmer said.