FORT WAYNE – The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board will look slightly different in January, with unofficial election results showing newcomer Glenna Jehl defeating incumbent John Peirce on Tuesday.
Two other incumbents, one running unopposed, will remain on the board with all but four precincts in.
Peirce, 63, will leave after completing one full term on the board. He was on the board a total of about four years including six months before his election. He was appointed after former member Carol Coen resigned.
Jehl, who earned about 62 percent of the votes, had said she has a passion for academic improvement and is opposed to tax increases for constituents. The 54-year-old real estate agent isn’t new to political races and has been an active member of the local Republican Party. She also was the campaign manager for Matt Kelty’s unsuccessful bid for mayor in 2007.
Peirce said it has been an honor to serve the district and plans to find ways to continue to serve the district.
I know we still have a lot of work to do, he said. I hope the winner in District 2 will apply herself wholeheartedly.
Becky Hill, 71, won a second term in District 3, earning about 52 percent of the votes.
She defeated two challengers: Michael Davis and former teacher Kerry Miller, who earned 32 percent and 16 percent of the vote.
Based on preliminary results showing Hill with a strong lead, she said she was extremely pleased and excited for the opportunity to serve FWCS for another four years. She credited her husband and other supporters for their hard work and help with her campaign.
My district definitely agrees with what we’re doing, especially with the improvement of student achievement and graduation rates, she said.
With a new member joining the board, Hill said changes in personnel reflect the way boards are.
That’s part of the nature of a board, she said. (Jehl) will have the joy of sitting on the greatest board I’ve ever sat on.
District 5 incumbent Steve Corona will also remain on the board. He ran unopposed. Corona has been on the FWCS board since 1981.