Just one newcomer will join the Southwest Allen County Schools board in January, according to unofficial results. Both incumbents who were seeking re-election retained their seats.
With all but four precincts reporting, current board President Mark Gilpin beat opponent Jason Kuchmay 69 percent of the vote for the District 2 seat; incumbent John Blum also took 66.5 percent of the vote against Joseph Greco for the District 1 seat. All results are unofficial.
Newcomer Meagan Milne took the District 3 seat with 52.36 percent of the vote in a tight race against Sherry Chapman, who had prior board experience and received 47.64 percent of the vote. Chapman served on the board from 2002 to 2010. The incumbent in District 3 opted not to file for re-election.
Milne said as a complete newcomer this race has been a true learning experience. Now that she will be a member of the board, She said the learning has really just begun.
Sherry Chapman has served the board well in the past, and I hope she continues to help SACS, Milne said. I look forward to serving our children and community and making our district even better.
Blum said under the current board, the district has made advancements in one-to-one technology for students and has approved a new teacher contract that uses student performance data for evaluations. He also said his 12 years of experience in school budgets puts him at an advantage over new board members.
Gilpin has served on the board since 2000. He listed addressing budgetary concerns like operating schools at a higher capacity and establishing a rainy day fund among the board’s major accomplishments during his tenure.
He also identified the upcoming referendum renewal as an issue facing the board, noting its importance in keeping class sizes small.