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Two new faces, two incumbents on board

Lenox, member of strike negotiating team, voted out

DIXON – After a strike that canceled 9 days of classes, the school board will have two new members as a result of Tuesday’s election.

Incumbent Woody Lenox, who has been on the board 5 years and sat on the district’s negotiating team during the strike, was not re-elected, and board President Tom Balser did not run.

With four seats open, Terry Shroyer and Josh Arduini will join incumbents John Jacobs and Pam Tourtillott on the board. Each has a 4-year term.

Jacobs, 44, who was appointed to the board 4 months ago, received the most votes with 2,695, good for 20.8 percent.

Shroyer was second with 2,297 votes for 17.76 percent, Arduini had 2,250 votes for 17.39 percent, and Tourtillott had 2,030 votes for 15.69 percent.

Jonathan Gieson fell 172 votes shy of winning a seat, garnering 14.36 percent of the votes, while Lenox registered 1,806 votes for 13.96 percent.

Although he garnered the most votes, Jacobs was not totally happy with Tuesday’s results.

“I’m happy I won, but I’m sad because Woody was a good board member,” Jacobs said. “He’ll be missed.”

In November, Lenox, 58, spoke out against using potential sales tax money for a $10 million to $15 million sports and facilities complex, saying it needed to be used for facilities or a new campus setup. The referendum failed then, and again on Tuesday.

He wasn’t certain whether his role on the board’s negotiating team played a factor in his loss.

“I really don’t know, but the voters spoke,” Lenox said. “Good candidates were elected. I really don’t know what was on people’s minds, but I also didn’t know what to expect, because there have been a number of issues in the school district.”

New board members will face the challenge of older school buildings and a steady decrease in state revenue.

Shroyer, 59, and Arduini, 37, will take their first crack at elected positions.

Both candidates favored the 1-percentage point sales tax increase. Arduini said he would like to see the community get more involved, and Shroyer wants to see the board do what it can with the budget to avoid cutting staff.

Tourtillott, 48, who was elected to a second term, said she is interested in trimming the fat on the budget “without falling off the cliff.”

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