Incumbents to return to School BoardIncumbents were re-elected to city seats on the Jamestown Public School Board Tuesday. Diane Hanson pulled in 2,772 votes to be elected to her first full term as a School Board member. She had served a year on the board after Scott Walch resigned to take a job in another city.
By: Ben Rodgers, The Jamestown Sun
Incumbents were re-elected to city seats on the Jamestown Public School Board Tuesday.
Diane Hanson pulled in 2,772 votes to be elected to her first full term as a School Board member. She had served a year on the board after Scott Walch resigned to take a job in another city.
“Thank you to the voting public for your trust in me,” Hanson said. “I’m honored to be of service to our students, parents, teachers and administrators. I’ll continue to work hard to improve our school district.”
The retired National Park Ranger Service ranger is a substitute teacher in area school districts outside of Jamestown.
Incumbent Gail Martin hung onto her seat with 2,316 votes.
“It was a close race,” Martin said. “I’m excited for another four years and I look forward to the challenges that face our school district. I appreciate everyone’s support.”
Martin has served 15 years as branch manager of US Bank in Jamestown.
Roger Haut won the final city seat with 2,533 votes, ultimately grabbing the second most votes of any candidate.
“I’d just like to thank the voters for putting their trust in me, and I’m a person with a voice for change and look forward to making that happen,” Haut said.
Haut has one child in Jamestown Public Schools.
Dina Laskowski, a professor of education at Jamestown College, finished with 2,243 votes.
“I’m glad two people got in that are new to the board and I also think I think I did a fairly good job because I only had two signs up…” Laskowski said.
For the rural seat, Terry Anderson received more votes than Melissa Gleason with 1,951 to 1,645.
“Thank you to all the people who voted for me and supported me, I really appreciate that,” Anderson said. “Secondly I look forward to working with the new board and learning some of the ins and outs, learning initially and then working with the board on some of the good things they’ve been doing…”
Anderson is minister at Montpelier Lutheran Church half time as well as a part-time leadership professor at Jamestown College.
A phone message for Gleason was not returned by press time.
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