WOODBURY – Electors who chose to go to the polls Thursday chose three incumbents and one newcomer to serve three-year terms on the Region 14 Board of Education.
All three incumbents – Chairperson Janet Morgan of Woodbury and Bethlehem’s George Bauer and Carol Ann Brown – and newcomer Jim Crocker of Woodbury ran victorious campaigns, and their three-year terms will run from July 1 to June 30, 2022.
Morgan led all candidates with 497 votes (380 Woodbury, 117 Bethlehem), and newcomer Crocker followed with 467 (367, 100).
“I will do my best to listen to all sides, like I’ve stated from the beginning,” Morgan said. “We may not always agree on things but we all have to be open minded, listen to both sides, and then make the best decision for the kids, the community, and everybody involved.”
Crocker won the seat that was vacated by long-time Board of Education member Dave Lampart. Morgan said she is already familiar with Crocker, who was a participant of the District Advisory Committee regarding facilities and student population forecast.
“He’ll be great,” Morgan said of Crocker. “He’s got a great business background. He’s very methodical – he looks at all aspects of something before he makes a decision. He’ll be a great addition to the board.”
Bauer had 447 votes (339, 108), and Brown had 402 (281, 121).
Challenger Melissa Wesaw of Bethlehem received 302 votes (239, 63) and challenger Andrew Lampart had 260 votes (214, 46).