Oliphant, Moore elected to Gravette School Board

Westside Eagle-Observer - - NEWS - By Randy Moll rmoll@nwadg.com

GRAVETTE — Jay Oliphant, who has served five years on the Gravette School Board, nar­rowly de­feated chal­lenger James Brown Jr. for the Po­si­tion 1 post on the school board in the Sept. 19 school board elec­tion. Jodi Moore de­feated Rae­gena Davis for the Po­si­tion 2 post by a wider margin.

Ac­cord­ing to un­of­fi­cial results re­leased last week, Jay Oliphant re­ceived 122 votes (51 per­cent) to James H. Brown Jr’s 116 votes (49 per­cent). Jodi Moore re­ceived 152 votes (65 per­cent) to Rae­gena Davis at 81 votes (35 per­cent) in the elec­tion. Both Oliphant and Moore will serve five-year terms on the board.

Oliphant stated that he wished to con­tinue serv­ing the stu­dents in the Gravette com­mu­nity for an­other 5 years to “con­tinue progress in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ben­tonville, De­catur and Gen­try School Dis­tricts on ex­pand­ing vo­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for Gravette stu­dents and to con­tinue ef­fec­tive fi­nan­cial stew­ard­ship of the Dis­trict.”

He brings with him 35 years of ex­pe­ri­ence as a cer­ti­fied public ac­coun­tant.

Moore stated she sought elec­tion to keep the Gravette School Dis­trict headed in its cur­rent di­rec­tion. She too said she wanted to see the dis­trict con­tinue work­ing on vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties for Gravette stu­dents.

“I would like to see the dis­trict con­tinue with its growth of the Western Ben­ton County Ca­reer Cen­ter. I believe this is a great as­set to our area,” Moore said.

Ty Rus­sell ran un­op­posed for the re­main­der of the Po­si­tion 4 post’s term. Gen­try and De­catur had no con­tested races.

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