Mixed results in school district race
Georgie A. Coulter was winning the race for Trustee Area 2 of the Nevada Joint Union High School district with 63.26 percent of the votes in her favor. The race for Trustee Area 1 involving Mary Anne Davis and incumbent Corinne Parilo was too close to declare a winner.
Coulter is a retired secondary school teacher with 34 years of teaching experience and 18 years of experience on school boards.
“I hope I can serve the children and families of this county,” Coulter said about her victory. “It remains to be seen (how well I can serve) but I would like to think that I can handle problems.”
Coulter pointed out two issues she would like to handle right away: the problem with parking and the issue of involving parents when the school makes decisions about a student’s health, especially in cases of abortions.
“It is a fact that many times, the decision is withheld from parents and the school makes the plans or appointments or arrangements of some sort,” Coulter said. “Parents should know about the situation before any kind of decision is made.”
Returns at 11:37 p.m., with 10 of the 16 precincts counted, were:
• Coulter earned 2,187 votes.
• Challenger Jim Adams had 1,256 votes.
Adams is the regional vice president for the Ray Morgan Company in Nevada City. During his campaign, Adams had said that he wanted to recruit new teachers and expand the curriculum, if elected.
In Trustee Area 1, returns at 11:15 p.m., with 10 of the 20 precincts counted were:
• Davis earned 2,082 votes.
• Parilo earned 2,086 votes.
“I am running against an incumbent so I knew it wouldn’t be easy,” said Davis, a certified radio marketing consultant at KNCO/Star 94.1. “But I am proud of how well I’ve done, win or lose.”
Parilo said she was “surprised at how close the race is.”
While she was campaigning, Davis said she wants to improve the process of hiring teachers in the high school district. Parilo, on the other hand, said she wants to ensure greater accountability on all levels in the district. She also emphasized the “need to be in touch with programs, teachers, and first and foremost, our students.”
The Nevada Joint Union High School district has 4,038 students.
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