Voters left the Granite Board of Education intact Tuesday, retaining incumbent Judy Larson in Precinct 4 by a hefty margin and giving Robert Arnold his first election win in Precinct 5. Larson defeated David F. Anderson to retain her board seat.
Arnold, who was named to fill the final year of the unexpired term of J. Dale Christensen, said he was eager to start a full term on the board after a year of learning the ropes."It's been a real education regarding the complicated nature of education in the district," he said. He hopes to help salve some of the adversarial relationships that exist among the various constituencies of education so that "all concerned can seek the best solutions for meeting the needs of the youth of the district, within the available resources."
Larson said she appreciated the support of voters who allowed her to continue to represent Precinct 4. "I particularly welcome the opportunity to continue to work on the class-size problem, which I consider to be the greatest challenge to the district."
That objective will be aided by the passage Tuesday of a two-mill property tax levy that will generate more than $2 million in local and state money specifically for the purpose of reducing class sizes.