Wilson, Lloyd and Moyer capture school board elections

 

DOVER — With eight school board candidates going for four spots across three school districts in Kent County, it was Caesar Rodney that had the busiest school board election night on Tuesday.

It turned out that P. Scott Wilson regained his seat on the Caesar Rodney School Board, edging out three challengers, while Kristi Lloyd also gained re-election in Smyrna and John Moyer III won a seat at Lake Forest.

Sean Christiansen was re-elected after running unopposed in the Capital School District as are Jason Miller and David Vezmar in the Milford School District.

All of the winners in the school board elections were awarded “member at-large” seats and five-year terms.

Mr. Wilson edged out William Victory Sr. in the Caesar Rodney school board election by 16 votes (403 to 387) when the unofficial results were released Tuesday night.

John Moore Sr. finished third in the CR district voting with 318 votes and Tracey Miller garnered 207 votes.

Mr. Wilson said he is ready to tackle new challenges that are arising in the CR district.

P. Scott Wilson

“The most important topics facing our district are our children’s safety, providing a well-rounded educational experience and fiscal solvency,” he said. “The safety of our children is paramount. We must ensure that parents trust us to keep their children safe or everything else is moot.

“School is primarily about learning and best preparing our students for their brightest futures; however, it is also important to provide as many extra opportunities as is possible, in order to produce future well-rounded and contributing citizens.”

Ms. Lloyd came out on top for the Smyrna school board seat by defeating challenger Gary R. Dodge, 479 votes to 251.

She said growth, planning and accountability are high on her list of school district priorities.

“There has been a recent increase in housing development activity, which leads to more families moving into our area,” Ms. Lloyd said. “As a board and district office we have begun planning and asking questions like: What new schools do we need? Where do we build them? What will our geographical feeder patterns look like?

 

“There

Kristi Lloyd

are many facets of accountability within the public school system.”

Mr. Moyer rounded out Tuesday’s nights winners as he won the Lake Forest seat with 158 votes to outdistance James Parsons, who received 78 votes.

Mr. Moyer, a long-time educator, said that he believes he is in touch with the concerns in the Lake Forest School District faces.

John Moyer

“Improving academic performance and being fiscally responsible are always at the top of the list, but many look at the bigger picture as well,” said Mr. Moyer. “We have too many students transferring out and we have too many teachers leaving our district. This presents a troubling trend.

“We have promised the community improved athletic facilities, but several years after the referendum we are still not finished. Communication and consistency across schools also continues to be a challenge.”

Delaware State News staff writer Mike Finney can be reached at mfinney@newszap.com.

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