Uncontested during the election, District 3 board member, and current school board vice president, Dottie L. King is ready to get back to work. Two of her major concerns are settling new contract negotiations with teachers quickly and continuing with the building and renovation project.
"It would be nice to settle the terms of contract negotiations with teachers this summer and start a school year without any strife," King said. "I also want to get to work on the building project. It's going to be an uphill battle to go forward, but it is needed."
King will represent voters from townships including Brazil 5, Dick Johnson, Jackson (Parke Co.) and Van Buren 1-3.
The building project was also on the minds of the new members of the board.
Tina R. Heffener told The Brazil Times that she was looking forward to the learning challenges of becoming a new school board member.
"I want to learn as much about the school renovation project and bond issues as quickly as possible," she said Tuesday evening.
Heffener gathered the most votes in the contest against Michael Maccarone in District 1, consisting of voters from townships including Brazil 4, Cass, Jackson 1-3, Sugar Ridge and Washington.
Heffener believes that understanding the needs of the schools from the view points of the school teachers, staff members and community is very important, as well as being fiscally responsible during these difficult economic times.
Jennifer L. Kaelber is also looking forward to her first school board meeting in July.
"There's going to be a lot of reading, but I'm looking forward to that first meeting and getting my first information packet," Kaelber said, adding that she also wants to see the renovation project go through. "I've said all along that we need to keep kids in their own backyards. I really want to see this building project completed."
Kaelber gathered the most votes in the contest against Leo L. Southworth and Holly A. Neil in District 2, consisting of voters from townships including Brazil 1-3 and 6.
New board member Forrest R. Buell said the building project has created the need to decide what to do with sixth-graders, either keeping them in the middle school level or returning them to elementary schools.
"We need to remedy what is best for sixth-graders before moving on with the project," Buell said. "I believe we need to get the public involved -- parents, school teachers and staff members -- to help determine what is the best environment for them to learn in before deciding where and what to build."
Buell gathered the most votes in the contest against Barnard, Nicosin and Seward in District 1, consisting of voters from townships including Harrison 1-2, Perry and Posey.