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Two high school board incumbents retain their seats


Katy Schwarz, board president of Nevada Joint Union High School District, retained her Area 3 seat Tuesday with 55 percent of the vote and 2,623 votes against James Drew’s 2,160 votes.

Schwarz, who held the presidential position for the last eight years, said she is thankful for the community support that led to her win.

“I’m most grateful for the support people have in me to re-elect me,” Schwarz said. “I love what I do. I have a passion for it and I feel like I’m really anxious to continue.”

Schwarz said her focus will be on budget and community collaboration.

“My priority will be keeping our schools fiscally sound, keeping the collaboration and trust with our staff and working toward keeping our programs and trying to get the community involved so we can get more kids back into our schools,” Schwarz said.

Fellow incumbent Jim Adams, who was appointed to the position in September 2011 to occupy the position of resigned former board president Mark Heauser, was elected back to his Area 4 seat with 43 percent of the vote from 1,868 voters.

The regional vice president of Ray Morgan said he is confident in the board and welcomes his next years as president.

“I’m looking forward to serving four more years,” Adams said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do, but I know we have a very good board.”

Adams said he plans to be diligent with the budget to offer the best education for students.

“My No. 1 goal is the students,” Adams said. “I think we have to be able to provide them with the best education we can. We have to find a way to do that. We have a lot of good programs in the district, and we need to make sure we can offer those programs and educate our students.”

Paula Campbell, Nevada City School District’s board president, was re-elected with 36 percent of the vote and 2,427 votes.

“I’m certainly honored to serve again,” Campbell said. “I think that our board has made a lot of progress in helping to establish financial stability in our district in order to support and serve students.”

Trish Gerving, who served as a board member for 12 years, was re-elected with 26 percent of the vote, narrowly beating Erin Minett with 1,772 votes to Minett’s 1,684.

Newcomer Mary Newberry, a retired preschool teacher of 34 years, beat both incumbent appointees for the two open seats at the Pleasant Ridge Union School board.

Realtor Scott Hopper was elected to a board position as well, after having been appointed in March to replace LeeAnn Halleib. Newberry won
with 3,315 votes and 42 percent, beating Hopper’s 2,770 votes (35 percent) and incumbent S. Robert Tice-Raskin, who totaled 23 percent of the vote with 1,799 voters.

Scott Tim Leslie was re-elected as the Area 3 board member of the Sierra Joint Community College District, a position he has held since 2004. Leslie totaled 14,318 votes (67.1 percent) over Edward Z’berg, who garnered 7,005 votes.

To contact Staff Writer, email jterman@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4230.


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The Union Updated Nov 7, 2012 03:53PM Published Nov 7, 2012 05:00PM Copyright 2012 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.