Paige re-elected to school board
Incumbent narrowly beats challenger by 21 votes
Elizabeth Paige was elected to her first full term on the Christina School District Board of Education on Tuesday night, edging out challenger Desiree Brady by 21 votes.
Paige, a social media and marketing consultant for W.L. Gore and Associates, earned 429 votes to win the District F seat while Brady, a Boys & Girls Club staff member, fell just short with 408 votes.
In Tuesday night’s other election, former CSD principal Meg Mason ran unopposed for the District B seat after incumbent David Resler withdrew his candi- dacy for a third term.
“It’s a relief, quite honestly,” Paige said of her victory. “I’m very grateful for everyone’s support.”
Paige joined the board in October 2013 after being appointed to fill a vacancy. She ran unopposed to keep her seat in 2014 and will now start her first five-year term on July 1.
Paige said she wasn’t surprised by the narrow margin, noting that the district just passed a referendum by a slim margin and that voter turnout for school board elections is typically low.
However, Paige isn’t spending much time savoring her victory. Later school start times, one of the issues Paige first brought to the board a few months ago, is on the agenda for next week’s board meeting, and she also wants to get to work addressing the problems with school climate and discipline in the district – both real and perceived, she said.
The district has many quality programs but many students leave the district because of preconceived notions about school discipline in the district, Paige said, while noting that there are many real discipline problems that need to be addressed. The ongoing superintendent search is another ongoing issue that Paige said she’s eager to continue working on.
“I think we have a lot to do and I’m glad to have five full years to do it,” she said.
Although she ran unopposed, Mason still attended the many candidate forums leading up to Tuesday’s election and said she was glad to get the chance to hear what issues parents are concerned about. However, she was surprised by the questions about the school board’s disfunction at many of the forums, noting she’s worked with many of the board members in her time at CSD and doesn’t anticipate a problem.
Going forward, Mason said she’s excited to get to work on the two issues she finds most pressing: hiring a good superintendent and fulfilling the many promises the district made about the referendum.
“Serving on the school board is something I’ve always wanted to do,” she said. “I had a nice career in the Christina School District and I feel like this is my chance to give back.”