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School Board incumbents win re-election

Posted: Wednesday, October 03, 2001

Running unopposed, Juneau School Board members Mary Becker and Stan Ridgeway were re-elected by area voters Tuesday.

Becker, the board president, received 3,799 votes, or 64 percent of the total ballots cast. Ridgeway, the board vice president, won 3,591 votes, or 61 percent of the ballots cast.

There were 221 write-in votes. Some people did not vote in the race.

Becker said Tuesday evening that she is happy to have the chance to continue work the board started during her first term.

"It has been a rewarding three years and I'm looking forward to the next term," she said. "Our board has many issues before it that I'm looking forward to resolving."

Becker said priorities for the next term include going ahead with the high school renovation, continuing work on the curriculum review cycle and lobbying the state for additional funding, including money for a new high school in the Mendenhall Valley.

Ridgeway also said securing funding for a valley high school is a priority, as well as increasing accessibility to district programs.

"I'm personally interested in seeing that all students be able to participate in all activities and classes regardless of if they have the money to buy the supplies or pay the fees," he said.

Ridgeway said he encourages people to get involved with the school board, but said having no opponent this year allows him to focus more on voters' thoughts and concerns.

He also said maintaining the current board membership for another year will improve its effectiveness.

"With no new board members this year, the learning curve is lessened and we can hit the ground running," he said.

Andrew Krueger can be reached at akrueger@juneauempire.com.



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