Incumbents Clay Austin and Carol Fletcher will remain on the Newburg R-II Board of Education at least for another three years.
Austin and Fletcher were running against newcomer Dennis Mesplay for two open seats on the school board in Tuesday’s general municipal election.
Fletcher received the most of all three, with 120 votes, or 38.46 percent, according to election results from the county clerk’s office. Austin came in second with 112 votes, or 35.9 percent. There were 77 votes cast for Mesplay. Mesplay’s vote total represents 24.68 percent.
When Austin was asked if there was anything that made a difference in the voters putting him back on the board, he said, “I’m hoping the last six years, the things we’ve accomplished (made a difference). I think the voters want me to keep on doing that.”
As far as what Austin thinks are some of the most important issues the board faces, he said, “I would say finances, the budget. What the state and the feds are going to do as far as what they cut and what we will get.”
Fletcher was asked if anything in particular made the difference of her being re-elected to the board and replied, “Not really. Just a continuation of trying to do a good job. I think things have been smooth going lately with the board. I want to thank everybody who voted for me.”
Fletcher said she feels some of the most important issues the board faces are “our district finances, it’s an ongoing thing. We’ve got to watch the money closely and have got to spend money the best way we can for our kids.”
Mesplay said he attributes voter turnout to what played a role in causing him to fall short in the election.
“It was probably just the low (voter) turnout more than anything. I know it was a real low turnout,” Mesplay said.
There were also three write-in votes in the election.
While the district takes in part of Pulaski County, there were no votes case in that section of the district.
Newburg School Board members serve three-year terms.