A trio of newcomers, led by a Bettendorf police officer, will take their seats on the Bettendorf School District board.
Andrew Champion, a member of the Bettendorf Police Department, was the top vote-getter with 1,483 in Tuesday's election. He was followed by Richard Lynch, 1,363, and Adam Holland, 1,308.
The men beat out incumbent Pepper Trahan, who had served one year as board president, and the district's former chief financial officer, Maxine McEnany.
Champion said the vote results tell him that the community is ready for change on the board. "The community wants these schools to be the best they can be," he said, adding that his work as a police officer adds to the accountability he provides to Bettendorf on a daily basis.
For his part, Lynch said the vote shows that the residents of the district want to leave past disagreements behind them, and look to the future. "I believe all three of the winners tonight will want to move the district in a positive direction," he said.
Holland said he appreciates all the support received. "I'm looking forward to getting started, and working with the other board members," he said. "Hopefully we can quickly adjust."
Allison Beck was the tops for all the votes cast in the Davenport district, garnering 1,617. This surprised her, honored and thrilled her, she said.
"I'm looking forward to getting down to work, next week," she said. First on the agenda is to explore ways to change the state's school funding formula for Davenport, and other districts in Iowa.
Bruce Potts, a former teacher and principal in Davenport, and Clyde Mayfield, a retired firefighter and member of the family who owns Greatest Grains health food store, won the other two seats. Potts earned 1,446 votes, and Mayfield had 1,168.
The 42 years that he worked in Davenport helped him in the race, Potts said. When he answered questions in a board forum, he said he offered a certain knowledge base, from his background.
"I'm looking forward to this," Potts said. "I think we can do something about our enrollment loss if we let the world know what we do in our district."
Mayfield, who first won a seat on the board in a special election seven months ago, was re-elected Tuesday. "I'm really appreciative of having the community stand behind me," he said.
Mayfield, too, believes there must be change in the district to curb the years-long enrollment losses.
Tracy Lindaman, a 1986 graduate of North Scott High School, who returned to Eldridge to raise her family, won her seat with 1,194 votes.
In second place was incumbent Donn Wilmott, 854 votes.
North Scott was the district with an upset for the third seat, as newcomer Mark Pratt edged out incumbent Nick Hansel, 682-643 votes.
"I'm so grateful for all the support I got from the community," Lindaman said. "I'm going to do my best, and I'm excited for the adventure ahead."
Lindaman admits she has a lot to learn as a board member, but said she also has "some things to bring to the table."
Also at North Scott, there were 69.47 percent of residents who approved renewing the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy. These funds are used, for example, to purchase buses, and capital items like Chromebooks for students in the classroom.
Pleasant Valley is divided into districts, and the only race was in District 2, which is in LeClaire. In that, Brent Ayers, who is childcare director for the Scott County Family Y, defeated Deborah Kepple-Mamros, 87-27 votes.
Incumbents Chris Cournoyer and Jean Dickson were returned to offices. Cournoyer, District 1, won with 75 votes, while Dickson, District 7, earned 31 votes.
Eastern Iowa Community Colleges
There were no races for the board at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, Davenport, but all four candidates were on the ballot.
Winners: Denise Hollenbeck, District 1, 277 votes; Milton Shaw, District 2, 430 votes; Lori Freudenberg, District 6, 301 votes and Jim Hayes, District 8, 163 votes.