Voters in the Washington Court House City Schools District elected Dennis Garrison and re-elected Craig Copas and Jennifer Lynch to the board of education Tuesday at the general election.
According to unofficial results from the Fayette County Board of Elections, Garrison received 1,385 votes (24.15 percent), Copas received 1,312 votes (22.88 percent), Lynch received 1,074 votes (18.73 percent), Leah Foster received 982 votes (17.13 percent) and Janelle Teeters Mead received 981 votes (17.11 percent).
“It feels great (to have the support of the community),” Garrison said Tuesday evening. “About two weeks before the petition needed to be signed and turned in I was approached by some members of the community who wanted me to run. I really thought about it and asked other ex-members of nearby school boards whether I should run, and they all jokingly told me to turn tail and say no. I decided though I am not that type of person and as a life-long resident I needed to run and do my duty to those who want me to be on the board. I am very thankful for the support and I told those who wanted me to run that they can come to me both personally and professionally with issues or suggestions with the district. I have a commitment to bring the consensus of the community to the school district and make it one of the best districts in the entire state of Ohio. I will assure a degree of transparency residents of the district have yet to see, and again I am very appreciative of the support and I have a commitment to do the best job I can.”
Lynch and Copas had mixed emotions on Tuesday evening as even though they both were re-elected, the levy on the ballot for operating funds for the schools seemingly failed according to the unofficial results.
“I want to thank all of those voters who came out in support of me and in support of the levy,” Copas said. “I also really want to express my appreciation for all of those involved in the promotion of the levy. Whether they were teachers, administrators or volunteers from the community, they all took a lot of time canvassing to try and get the levy passed. We greatly appreciate these efforts and dedication. Going forward I am sure we will go back to the meeting room and discuss what cuts may be needed to ensure the district remains dedicated to academics. I am confident we will try again for the levy as we need to ensure these kids have every opportunity we can give them.”
“Thank you to everyone who voted for me and in support of the levy,” Lynch said. “Our focus moving forward will be on the financial success of the district, our programs and activities. We will do our best to work through the financial issues with the levy potentially not passing.”
Stay with the Record-Herald for official results from the Fayette County Board of Elections later this month.
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