Election brings new faces to Edgerton School Board
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Edgerton School Board
Jon Raymond 1,020
Robert Chapados 890
Derek Ninmer 856
Dianne Davis 765
Jim Klein 715
Daniel Ray 480
EDGERTON With no incumbent candidates for three open seats in Tuesday's Edgerton School Board election, it was a given that the board would be getting three fresh faces.
Edgerton residents Jon Raymond, Robert Chapados and Derek Ninmer proved to be the very freshest of those faces.
The three led the field Tuesday in a six-candidate race for the board. Unsuccessful in their bids in the election were opponents Dianne Davis, Jim Klein and Daniel R. Ray.
The three seats came open because board members Julie Norland, Craig Strouse and Larry Oberdeck did not seek re-election.
The new board members come on as the district eyes a potential referendum to exceed levy caps with over $9 million in spending options to tackle building repairs, technology and pension debt.
A community survey went out to the public last month and its results are expected to guide the board and district in a decision of whether to put the possible referendum on the ballot in the fall.
Tuesday night, Raymond said he believes the option for referendum will be the biggest issue the district will face in coming months.
"It'll be interesting to find out how much the community will be willing to support it," he said.
Raymond said he believes he and the other new members on the board will inject a new perspective.
Ninmer, a Rock County 911 dispatcher said in an interview Tuesday that he thinks a big challenge for the board in coming months will be hammering out contracts with district employees, and maintaining a good working relationship with district workers during that process.
Chapados couldn't be reached for comment.