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Incumbents keep seats on Edgerton School Board

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Neil Johnson
April 3, 2013

— Incumbent Edgerton School Board members Amy Richardson and Matt Towns retained their seats Tuesday, according to unofficial election results in Rock, Dane and Jefferson counties.

A third open seat will be filled by Kathy Klein, a newcomer to the board who is not new to the district.

Klein, a retired library specialist for the Edgerton School District, held her own in the election Tuesday, fending off Thad Andrews, Steven Doll and Don McFarlane in a six-way election for the three board seats.

Klein garnered 778 votes. Her totals dwarfed those of Andrews, Doll and McFarlane, who got vote totals of 506, 496 and 286, respectively.

Towns led the pack with 983 votes, while Richardson got 941 votes.

Klein told The Gazette she was excited to be able to view the district from a different vantage point. Instead of looking at district issues from behind the library desk, it will be from the school board table.

Klein said she hopes to find a way to keep cuts in school funding from spilling over to enrollment loss through open enrollment.

"The siphoning off of money from public education's school choice, long term I have concerns not just for Edgerton but anybody," Klein said.

Towns, the current board president, said he and Richardson's re-election will bring continuity to the district as the board steers through negotiations with the district's teachers union and as it plans facilities and technology spending linked to the district's multimillion-dollar referendum that passed in the November election.

Richardson could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday night. Before the election, Richardson said that if elected he would focus on making good use of state aid and continuing good relations with school district staff.


 

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