The Rowan County Board of Education will have three new members starting in January.
Jennifer Blair Anderson and Rick Whelan were unopposed in Tuesday’s election in their efforts to succeed Brian Riddle and Larry Coldiron.
However, incumbent Brian Wallace lost his board seat to Brenda DeHart Stamm by a count of 544 to 473.
Stamm, a former employee of the school system and now retired, said she’s happy to be elected.
“I feel that I can be an asset to the board,” Stamm said. “I want to work for the students, faculty and staff and for the community as a whole.”
Wallace said he was appreciative of the help and support of the staff at Clearfield Elementary School and the school board during his term.
“I served because of my love of the Clearfield community and school. It was a pleasure serving the people of Clearfield,” Wallace said.
Anderson received 1,089 courtesy votes in the 3rd District and Whelan tallied 1,472 in the 2nd District.
Anderson, a pharmacist at Holbrook Drug, has been on the RCSHS School-Based Council for 10 years said she’s very proud to be on the board.
“I can help the schools with my experience with school-based council and being a parent of two kids, one in the middle school and one in high school,” she said. “I went to school in Rowan County and I’m ready to get in and learn.”
“I’m looking forward to serving on the board,” said Whelan. “Keeping the district going in the right direction means the kids come first and we’ll go from there.”
Whelan works at Diamond Finance in Morehead. He said the addition of three new members can help move the school district move forward.
“Change is good,” Whelan said. “The board has done a good job and, with three new members, it can give new perspectives on things.”
Rowan County Supt. Marvin Moore said Coldiron, Wallace and Riddle had a combined 36 years of experience of the school board.
“I’ve never seen another board more focused on what’s best for kids,” Moore said. “Because if you don’t stay focused on that…. it creates drama and frustrates them and affects morale and this board was always focused.”
Moore said he has spoken with the new board members and said they are up for the challenge.
“We’ll start getting information to them so they’ll be in tune with what’s going on in the district,” Moore said. “I’m looking forward to working with all three of them.”
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