|School boards determined in rural districts Saturday|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
May 9, 2005 -- Voters decided Saturday that Como-Pickton's school board will continue to be served by the same trustees while two new members each will join the Yantis and Miller Grove school boards. Cumby and Sulphur Bluff will each be served by one incumbent and two new board members.
Ronnie Wilson and Perry Shirley were elected to serve in the two at-large seats on Yantis Independent School District's board. Wilson received 285 votes with Shirley an easy second with 206 votes. Ken Stribley received 157 votes, while incumbent Patsy Davis received 109 votes and Lisa Collins 38 votes. While Davis sought reelection Catherine Burnett, who currently holds the second seat on Yantis's board did not, according to Steve Scott, principal at Imogene Glenn Elementary in Yantis.
In Miller Grove, about a third more voters turned this year than last year out to elect two new members to the board as both incumbents elected not to seek reelection, according to Superintendent Steve Johnson. Eric Mabe and Douglas Hall received the most votes for the two at-large positions on that board, with Roy George and Oran Boyett finishing third and fourth respectively.
Danny Ray Moss and Penny Spearman were reelected as trustees for Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School District's board of education. Moss easily received the most votes, while the second at-large spot position was decided by four votes. Moss received 108, Spearman 64 and Sherrie Shaddox France 60, CPCISD Superintendent Bryan Neal reported shortly after the election Saturday.
In Cumby, Renee Seely garnered the most votes, with 79 ballots casts for her, winning one of the three at-large seats on the board. Lou Ann Petty received 61 votes, ensuring she will serve Cumby Independent School District's as a trustee for another three years. The third seat on Cumby's board was determined by a narrow margin, with only two votes deciding which of the three remaining candidates would get the position. The final count determined Rick Steward had secured the third trustee position, receiving 52 votes. Keith Webb and incumbent David Barrow each received 50 votes, according to school officials.
Toney Hurley, who was appointed earlier this year to serve on the board until May when another member left, was one of the two candidates elected to serve in two full-term positions on Sulphur Bluff Independent School District's board. Hurley received 80 votes, with Troy Emerson earning 59. Karen M. Dorner Powers and Cindy Smith challenged Emerson and Hurley for the three-year trustee seats. Dorner received 41 and Smith 35 votes. Voters in Sulphur Bluff also elected Brian Dorner to serve out the one year unexpired-term on the board; the spot being held by Hurley until May. Dorner easily won the seat with 87 votes, compared to the 20 votes received by challenger Dana Strain and the 13 votes earned by Phillip Anderson.
Neither Saltillo nor North Hopkins held elections Saturday as only one person filed for reach of three place on each district's school board.
The new officials for Saltillo Independent School District will be Earl Gregory, Place 1; Matt Wilson, Place 2; and Barry Brewer, Place 3, according to Saltillo ISD Superintendent Paul Jones.
All three incumbents -- Kevin Melton, Jimmy Goldsmith and Ricky Glossup -- filed for reelection and will once again serve on North Hopkins Independent School District's board of education, according to NHISD Superintendent Tommy Long.