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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Carney, Darling, Raines elected to Leavenworth school board

  • Two former members will be returning to the Leavenworth Board of Education as a result of Tuesday's election. And a member who was appointed to the board last year was elected to a four-year term.
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  • Two former members will be returning to the Leavenworth Board of Education as a result of Tuesday's election. And a member who was appointed to the board last year was elected to a four-year term.
    Three at-large seats were up for election this year. Former board member Mike Carney finished first in the field of five candidates with 1,119 votes, or 24.6 percent. Former board member Doug Darling came in second with 1,052 votes, or 23.1 percent. Current board member Verna Raines came in third with 967 votes, or 21.3 percent.
    Carney, Darling and Raines each were elected to four-year terms.
    The vote totals are unofficial. The results will remain unofficial until the votes are canvassed Monday.
    Carney previously served one term on the board from 2001-2005.
    Carney said he'd talked with people and felt there were problems with the district. And he believes more people have become aware of the issues.
    He looks forward to attending some of the board meetings before he begins to serve his term. His term won't begin until July.
    Darling said "it's an honor and a privilege to serve the students and patrons of the school district."
    "We're going to face some challenges," he said of the board.
    As he met with people in the school district, Darling said he was asked a couple of times about residency requirements for administrators. He believes this issue was a discriminator for voters.
    Darling and Carney have expressed support for residency requirements for at least some administrators.
    Raines was appointed to the board last year to fill a vacancy. She said Tuesday that she was pleased to have the voters' support.
    Raines said she didn't know what to expect going into the election.
    "I knew it was all up for grabs," she said.
    Among the other candidates in the race, former board member Danny Zeck came in fourth with 710 votes, or 15.6 percent.
    Mike Robinson, who currently serves as the board's president, finished in fifth place with 688 votes, or 15.1 percent.
    Robinson said he was disappointed by the results but not devastated.
    He said he was pleased Raines was among those who were elected. He wished all of the candidates were elected the best of luck.
    Robinson said he will attend at least three more meetings before the end of his term. He said the results of election will not affect anything in terms of how he casts his votes.
    "That's not going to change at all," he said.
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