Incumbents return to SoCal school board, Laughlin takes open seat

With six people running for only three available seats on the South Callaway Board of Education, there were bound to be some disappointments after Tuesday’s election.

The three winners were Mark Laughlin, Kit Glover and Brent Woods. Laughlin came out in the lead with 289 votes, or 30.1 percent. Glover came in second with 208, or 21.67 percent, and Woods came in a close third with 205 votes, or 21.35 percent. Bob Peneston, Nancy L. McCarthy and Penny Miles were all defeated. Peneston received 113 votes, or 11.77 percent, and McCarthy and Miles tied at 71 votes, or 7.4 percent.

Glover will be returning to the board for a third, three- year term. She said the fact that both incumbents were re-elected is “clearly a vote of confidence in some pretty tough decisions that have been made the last couple of years.”

She added that she thinks the board’s decision to bring Superintendent Mary Lynn Battles to the district has been a good one as Battles has worked to bring the schools together “in an onward, forward direction.”

“I think that the direction of the administration and their goals for instructional leadership are pretty exciting,” Glover said.

She said Tuesday that she knows Laughlin “very well” as he used to be a student of hers at South Callaway and is looking forward to working with him.

“He’ll be an asset to the board,” she said.

Woods will also be returning for a third term. He was unavailable for comment Tuesday, as he was out of town on a church camping trip. His wife, Stephanie Woods, said, “I know he’s glad to be back on (the board).”

She added that their son will be starting as a freshman at South Callaway High School in the fall, so that was one of the reasons her husband wanted to remain on the board.

Laughlin will fill the seat left open when Board Member Gary Jungermann decided not to run again.

Attempts to contact Laughlin for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful.

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