Incumbents Prevail in Board Race
Having spared myself the agony of dialing up the City Clerk’s office for the results, I see that the online Courier News reports all three incumbents as winners. Three years ago, the slate faced eight other contenders for the three three-year seats. This year, there were just two others. Given the slew of problems in the 2007-08 school year, it is little wonder that people were not beating down the doors at 504 Madison to get petitions.
Interestingly, the 2005 top vote-getter, Agurs Linward “Lenny” Cathcart Jr., came in second this time. Cathcart won in 2005 with 1,320 votes, with Bridget Rivers receiving 935 and Vickey Sheppard getting 913. This time around, the Courier News reported 699 for Rivers, 656 for Cathcart and 626 for Sheppard.
Voters were wise to return seasoned board members to the task of dealing with all these problems. Having had training on their roles, these three board members are more likely than newcomers to aid in the transition to a new chief school administrator. And of course, this time next year there will be another chance to run for the board. Yolanda Van Fleet, Jaclynne Callands and anyone else interested in serving on the school board can start this month to come out to meetings, learn the issues and gear up for 2009.