Residents throughout Elbert County voted on school board elections. Below are the results from the Nov. 1 election of three, the Elizabeth C -1 School District, the Kiowa C -2 School District and Elbert School District 200.
Elizabeth C -1 School District:
Dee Lindsey- winner, 1,992 votes
Andrew “Chip” Swan- winner, 1,648 votes
Deb Spenceley- candidate, 1,623 votes
Kiowa C-2 School District:
Scott Wills- winner, 407 votes
Donald Gabehart- winner, 398 votes
Angie Castillo- winner, 362 votes
Kurt Wassil- candidate, 306 votes
Jamie Robinson- candidate, 247 votes
Elbert School District 200:
Wendy Rohleder- winner, 390 votes
Dale Rosburg- winner, 280 votes
Mike Franek- winner, 268 votes
Chris Williams- candidate, 253 votes
Jerry Wichael- candidate, 239 votes
John Read- candidate, 205 votes
Now that the election is over, Swan is excited to take on his role as an Elizabeth school board member. He said he’s privileged to serve the residents of the district and proud to be able to further the school board and help them out.
“I’m excited to help the kids in the district,” he said. “I’m happy to have the opportunity to serve the residents of the Elizabeth C-1 School District and do everything I can to do what is right for the kids.”
Lindsey said he is ready to get to work.
“I’m ready to get going. It’s time to change gears from the campaigning and put all those ideas into play,” he said. “All of the concepts talked about need to now be put into practice.”
With many districts facing cuts, the Kiowa District is not immune. Gabehart said as a school board member for another term, the board will once again face some serious challenges and the budget will be really tight for a while.
“My biggest concern is the budget and cuts,” he said. “But I’m excited about working to be an accredited school again like we’ve been the last two yeas and I hope that continues.”
Wills is also proud to serve a school that has been accredited with distinction. He said it is the new board’s job to keep the momentum going, even with the challenges in the future. With maintenance issues that need to be addressed, a salary scale not up to par with other districts the size of Kiowa and having less money per pupil, these issues will make it challenge ding to continue to educate each student to his or her potential, he said.
“I welcome the challenge and look forward to working with the other members of the new board,” Wills said. "I want congratulate Donnie Gabehart and Angie Castillo on their victory in the election. It was a very civil election, focused on ideas and what is best for the kids.”
Fellow board member Castillo is also aware of the challenges faced by the district. After winning a spot on the board she’s nervous because of the hard financial times the board and the district face. But she’s excited to join a board who already has a finically sound district.
“I’m proud to give back to the community,” she said. “I have three children who graduated from the Kiowa school and I really like this community and I’m happy to be able to serve and give back.”