Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Nov. 6 newspaper on Page A3.
ALBANY — Two challengers will soon be newcomers seated on the Alexander Local School District’s Board of Education, ousting current board president John Hutchinson in doing so.
Lucy deLaval Juedes and Blake Regan were elected to the board, defeating the incumbent president and two other challengers. It was a five-way race for two open seats, making it the busiest school board race of this election.
Incumbent John Hutchison finished in third place, followed by Katheleen Dougan and Ralph Harvey Sr., according to unofficial results provided Tuesday evening by the Athens County Board of Elections.
With votes in Meigs County included, the totals were: Juedes (1,326), Regan (1,183), Hutchison (987), Dougan (728) and Harvey Sr. (312).
Juedes, a parent in the Alexander district, said in the campaign her 15 years of professional risk management and business experience would be of help to the board.
Regan, another local parent, campaigned on his knowledge of finances and economics as a professor at Ohio University.
Both Regan and Juedes expressed similar ideas during a candidates forum held in late October, noting their support of the recent deal struck between the village of Albany and the school district concerning water and sewer rates.
Juedes spoke at length of her concerns with bullying and student safety, and hopes to increase anti-bullying measures within the district, especially the elementary school. She expressed disapproval of Supt. Lindy Douglas’ job performance and said building safety and the unfinished athletics center contributed to this view.
Regan noted his own disapproval of the current board and administration in how they have handled several matters. He did offer support of the pilot program to give free breakfast to all students, but said the district needs improvement in the areas of property and budget management.