Paige re-elected to school board

In­cum­bent nar­rowly beats chal­lenger by 21 votes

Newark Post - - Front Page - By JES­SICA IAN­NETTA jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

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.”

PAIGE

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