by Alan McArthur
Patricia Stinnett finished well ahead of the pack in her bid for a second term on the Platte County R-3 School Board, and the district’s bond issue was also a winner at Tuesday’s election.
Other winners of open spots on the board were newcomer Sharon Sherwood and incumbent Dave Holland.
Vote totals were:
Stinnett 1470, Sherwood 1050, Dave Holland 1021, with Deanna Hon (906) and Bill Kephart (582) also running.
The proposed Platte County R-3 bond was approved by voters with 68.5 percent of the voters being in favor of the bond issue. The total of votes cast in favor was 1,560 and there 717 votes against the issue, making up 31.5 percent.
Last year an R-3 bond issue passed with 78% of the vote, so the approval rating this year dropped by 10%.
The bond issue will allow the district to build additional classrooms at several schools, and improve some playgrounds in the district.
“We appreciated the community for supporting this bond issue,” said Dr. Mark Harpst, superintendent. “This is another positive outcome for the community and we are very appreciative.”
According to Harpst, the district will solicit bids for the projects in the next few weeks. The improvements are expected to be completed by the fall of 2009.
“I am very grateful to my family and the voters,” said Stinnett. “I appreciate everyone' s trust and support.”
Sherwood said she is looking forward to serving.
“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to serve,” said Sherwood. “I look forward to my first board meeting next week and feel very fotunate to serve with such an experienced board who is committed to out kids.”
Holland was happy with the thumbs-up voters extended to him.
“I am really thankful to the voters,” said Holland. “I appreciate the opportunity. The voters believe what I said and trusted me for another three years. I am tickled pink to win.”