Incumbents back on School Board
Even with 205 write-in votes recorded, all three incumbent School District of Beloit school board members will be returning for another term.
With all precincts reporting John Winkelmann received a total of 778 votes, John Acomb received 684 votes and Shannon Scharmer received 628 votes.
There were 205 write-ins of which the names will not be known until later today. Tim Listenbee announced himself as a write-in candidate last week.
Acomb said he made the decision to run after asking himself if he felt he was helping the district improve. He feels he has personally contributed to some of the good work the district has put together and is excited to serve another term. This will be Acomb’s second term on the board.
Acomb expressed excitement over some of the changes that have been implemented including the formation of the strategic plan and helping to align curriculum. Acomb said he is looking forward to being involved in the search for a new high school principal.
“We are sitting right on the edge of a lot of opportunities right now,” he said.
Acomb said he has not given much thought to who will be the next school board president, but he expressed confidence in the board’s ability to do their job in the future. Acomb is hopeful for the future.
“There is no doubt in my mind that this district is on the track to success,” Acomb said.
Also serving another term will be long-time board member John Winkelmann. This will be his sixth term on the school board.
Winkelmann said he feels the district is moving in the right direction. Winkelmann said he feels it is important for the district to develop ways to reach all kids. Winkelmann is well-versed in the challenges of the budget and has stated earlier that one of the challenges moving forward is trying to do more for children with less money. Winkelmann said there are many challenges for the district, but he also expressed excitement for the progress the district has shown. He is feeling positive and excited about serving another term.
“I am looking forward to it,” Winkelmann said.
Shannon Scharmer will also be returning for another term on the school board, which will be her third term. She has publicly stated that she feels positive about the direction the district is going, but realizes the board and district will face many challenges. Scharmer was unavailable for comment due to service in the military.