Well, yesterday was the spring election here in Menomonee Falls and five candidates were vying for three school board seats. There were no huge races this year and election day was during spring break, so the turnout was small. The results are as follows.
So, Faith will continue on as the high quality board member that she is and we'll welcome Lori and Scott who will make excellent additions to our group.
Lori Blodorn has a ton of common sense and is an attorney by profession. I was amazed at her initiative to contact and meet with every Menomonee Falls group or leader she could get a hold of. That's confidence. That's chutzpah. That's energy. That's doing your homework. All good traits for a school board member.
Scott Ternes has a strong track record with his involvement in the school district. He's been around this block a few times and knows the school district - warts and all. He's smart. He's got great business sense and a head for PR and he's not afraid of the financial mountains we have to climb as school board members.
I can't end this blog post without mentioning the two candidates who did not get elected. Ouch, that must sting to be Robert Schneider - THREE votes short. Wow. I'll bet he's got a friend or two feeling rather sheepish about not getting out to vote. Bob would have been a fine board member. He seemed open minded and without agenda or bias.
I got an email last night from a friend that said, "What do people have against Mike Dillhyon?" She voted for him. I honestly don't know why he didn't get more votes. I've always thought he'd make an excellent school board member and he's got a good head for finances. Maybe his defeat has something to do with his wife's early and vocal criticisms of the school district shortly after they moved here. Mike was a bit of a critic in the early days, too. However, I have always found him a person who makes an effort to be fair and tries to get his facts straight.
Well, it's done again for this time around. This election marks a full turnover of the school board in the last three years except for me. There's me with 11 years and Faith is next with 3. I don't know how that makes me feel. Most school board members will say the learning curve is about three years. We don't have a lot of experience, but we do have a lot of intelligence, people skills, and common sense - which all goes a long way. Now it's my job to bring new people up to speed, reorganize committee assignments and foster good working relationships. Here we go again. : )