BRITT | The West Hancock School Board will be soon be comprised of some new and some familiar faces.
That comes after residents re-elected incumbents Jon Harle and Jay Burgardt and elected newcomer Angie Johnson, Tuesday, Sept. 12, to four-year terms on the School Board.
Harle, of Kanawha, defeated Paul Kumsher 89 votes to 62, for an at-large seat in the only contested race. Johnson, of Kanawha, and Burgardt, of Britt, ran unopposed in Districts 1 and 3, respectively. Johnson received 139 votes, and Burgardt garnered 124. Kevin Eisenman, a write-in candidate for District 3, received nine votes.
Harle, 44, was elected to a two-year term on the School Board in 2015. He works at Snap-On in Algona.
Burgardt, 57, a local farmer, has been on the West Hancock School Board for 20 years. He said he continues to seek re-election because he has an interest in “what goes on” within the district and what it’s doing for children in the community.
Johnson, 37, was elected to a four-year term in District 1, which was previously held by board president Gary Chizek who didn’t file for re-election.
“I’m just glad and blessed to be a part of it,” she said. “I want to keep making [the district] better.”
Johnson, who works for North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom, and her husband, Dallas, have three children within the district: Jackson, Claire and Carlie, and it’s because of them she decided to run this summer.
“I’ve always played an active role in my children’s education,” she said. “It sets a good example to our kids that we care and that’s really important to my husband and I.”
School Board elections occur on a rotating basis. Board members Ryan Hiscocks, Todd Hammer, Ryan Johnson and Leah Deutsch won't be up for election until 2019.
Harle could not be reached for comment before publication.