Three Nebo School Board members elected Tuesday say they are happy and relieved the campaign is over and consider the vote a victory for the district's citizenship policy.
But concerned parents trying to abolish the policy aren't ready to give up."We're not through yet," Paul Clint, group spokesman, said Friday. "I can't say what our plans are until a few more things happen or it would jeopardize our success, but we have not given up."
The parents group had sponsored three write-in candidates who opposed the policy and Clint had predicted at least two would win their districts. All were defeated.
Clint would not say whether he was surprised or disappointed by the election results.
The citizenship policy gives an unsatisfactory grade to students who are late or miss class more than 10 percent of the time. Students may clear U's from their records by winning an appeal, completing a class with a registration fee or performing community service.
Students with more than two unresolved U's are barred from graduation or advancement to the next grade.
Some parents believe the policy is administrated unfairly and encourages students with problems to drop out of school.
But the candidates who were elected have no complaints about the policy.
Bill White won the precinct 1 seat with 62 percent of the vote. White, a 59-year-old Goshen resident and retired Utah Valley Community College instructor, said he was "very happy" to have won the seat and sees it as "quite an opportunity to serve."
He couldn't wait to attend school board meetings, so he sat in on one Wednesday night.
"They treated me very cordially. I'm sure I will enjoy working with the other members."
White hopes to focus more attention on grades one through four, and wants to do away with excessive spending.
"I'm not sure there's a serious problem, but I'm sure there are some areas where money could be saved. That's a big concern of taxpayers. We need to make sure they get a dollar's worth of education for every dollar we spend."
White said he is unfamiliar with the citizenship policy, but sees a need for strict discipline in the classroom.
"Very little learning goes on without it."
Incumbent Collin Allan won precinct 2 with 93.2 percent of the vote. The 55-year-old bank manager and Mapleton resident has served two terms on the board of education.
"It felt good to win, primarily because we have an excellent school district and can keep going with the progress we have been making," he said.
"And it was also a win for the citizenship policy."
Allan said he sees no major changes coming up. He said Nebo is "a poor district doing a very good job with the funds it has." He believes some money could be saved by a year-round school schedule.
Precinct 3 was won by two-term incumbent Richard Johnson, a 45-year-old dentist from Benjamin who got nearly 50 percent of the vote, beating competitor James Dunn by less than 1 percent.
Johnson said he believes the current Nebo School Board has done a great job, and he hopes it will continue.
"The district is in admirable shape financially. We have very little debt, and that could be cleared in six years. We have operated prudently with the taxpayers' money."
Johnson said the parents against the citizenship policy had said 90 percent of Nebo parents opposed it.
"I think the citizenship people found out the public was really 90 percent for the policy, not against it."