Membership of the Alpine Board of Education was unaffected after election day, with all three incumbent candidates handily beating their opponents.
In District 1, Board President Jan Lewis, who ran unopposed until late in October when Ballard Christiansen became a write-in candidate, won by an overwhelming margin of 5,184 votes to 321 votes. David Harvey beat his opponent, retired Alpine teacher J Von Bennett, 3,708 votes to 2,350 votes in District 3. In District 2, Richard Gappmayer won with 4,275 votes to F. Hardy Cherry's 2,193 votes.Lewis said this would be her last election, because her youngest child will soon graduate from the district. She plans to move on to other interests but not before she accomplishes several more goals she thinks are important in Alpine.
"We feel a real need to hit on our math program. Our ACT scores are down in math and we want to work on that," she said.
All of the winning board members were relieved that Utahns voted down three tax-cutting initiatives, and Lewis said the district should now concentrate on using its resources to improve relations with Alpine's teachers.
Gappmayer said he will likely be the next board president after Lewis' term in that role expires next year. He said his goal will be to continue involving board members in district policy-making.
"I'll be a candidate for (the presidency) and some of the board members have expressed their support for me, so I think I'll be it," he said.
If it seems to some members of the public, as Bennett has charged, that the board is not taking charge of district policy, it may be because board members frequently talk among themselves about issues before addressing them in public meetings. Gappmayer said he sees nothing wrong with this practice.
"Through phone calls and numerous discussions we've discussed a lot of these things before they ever come to a board meeting," Gappmayer said. "It probably isn't (the superintendent's) recommendation as much as it is the consensus of the board. There's certainly nothing wrong with me calling another board member and discussing things. We do that quite often."
Board members Linda Campbell and Blake Evans were not up for re-election this year.