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September 23, 2010 by wcobserver

Run-Off Slated for Zone 2

Staff Report

Greenland- The School Board Race in Greenland was close all the way to the end for both contested races on Tuesday.

One school board win literally came down to the very last vote and Greenland’s Zone 2 will see a run-off on Oct. 12.

In Zone 5, Daniel N. Marzoni II, of West Fork, narrowly beat Dennis Caudle of Winslow by just one vote.

“I intend to make sure the board operates in an open and fiscally responsible manner,” said Marzoni on election night.

Zone 2 also had a close race and two of the candidates will face-off in a run-off election scheduled for Oct. 12. Paula Schoonover garnered 50 votes; Keith Lawson was close behind with 44 votes. The third candidate, Lonnie Meadows, received 20 votes. A candidate must receive at least 50 percent of the votes to win in a race with more than two candidates.

“Wow, it was close,” said Paula Schoonover. “I’m excited to have drawn 50 votes and I’m looking forward to the run-off election. I am excited and hopeful to get the opportunity to serve on the school board.”

“I was hoping it wouldn’t come down to a run-off, but I thought it probably would, considering how many were in the race,” said Lawson from his home on Tuesday night.

Lawson said he thinks the run-off is a good thing because it gives him a chance to reach out to more people in the community.

In Zone 3, James Miller won his seat with 29 votes. Blake Holte, who was a write-in candidate, received 9 votes.

The new school board will be rounded out with four other members, who ran uncontested in the election. They are Todd Bohanan, Zone 1, Patrick Anderson, Zone 4, Terry Reed, Zone 6 and John Collins, Zone 7.

The new board will attend a required financial workshop given by the Arkansas Department of Education on Sept. 29. Dr. Charles Cudney, Superintendent, said that he’ll invite both Schoonover and Lawson to attend.

Cudney said he is looking forward to working with the new school board and looks forward to “digging in” into the work that will provide a better education for the students of Greenland.

The first official school board meeting will take place on Monday, Oct. 18, 5p.m. at the Greenland High School
Cafeteria.

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