There were some tense moments during the School Board elections last week, when the district announced late Tuesday that it would not count votes for last-minute, write-in candidate Beverly Shamblin until the next morning.
In the end, Shamblin, with 747 votes, wasn’t among the three who won seats.
When observers and district officials left the polls Tuesday night, it also was uncertain whether incumbent Marie MacKay, the current president, had won a fifth term. Incumbent Patrick Uhteg, who finished first with 1,595 votes, was assured of victory, followed by newcomer Michael Sage, with 1,497.
MacKay, with 1,323 votes, finished third to retain her seat.
Another newcomer, Susan Malyszka, a virtual unknown in school circles, garnered 953 votes.
Shamblin and Uhteg were endorsed by the teachers’ union.
Members of Lancaster Parents for Quality Education, which backed Shamblin, were clearly disappointed since the current board is viewed as pro-administration and typically votes 7 to 0 on issues. But the group intends to push forward for next May’s board race.
“There needs to be room for other opinions on the board, and to hear the concerns of the parents,” said Heidi Indelicato, of LPQE, who distributed information to voters Tuesday outside the high school.
Shamblin, a 62-year-old retired Depew and Buffalo teacher, she said she’ll be on the ballot the next time around and vowed to regularly attend board meetings. “Common Core just wasn’t implemented correctly,” said Shamblin, who was Uhteg’s business teacher at Depew. “Not everyone is meant to be a brain surgeon.”
Shamblin sees room for improved communication between the board and public. “I’m not going away. My voice will be heard one way or another,” she said after the hand count of her votes.
Superintendent Michael Vallely noted on election night that it was the first time in his eight years with the district that there was a write-in candidate.
Also this week:
• The Town of Lancaster Youth Bureau is accepting registrations for its special Regents examination preparation sessions, June 2 - 17, for integrated algebra, geometry, algebra 2/trig, biology, chemistry, global history & geography II, U.S. history and government, and physics.
There number of openings is limited, so students are urged to register as soon as possible at the youth bureau, which is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, contact 683-4444.