FOREST CITY | Four incumbents were re-elected to the Forest City School Board last week. 

In a four-way race for two seats in District 1, Eric Kingland received 528 votes and Cindy Carter received 501, narrowly defeating third-place finisher Beth Clouse, who received 490 votes.

Jeremy Archer received 277 votes in the District 1 race.

Pat Hobbs, who represents District 2, and Dave Bartlett, representing District 3, were both running unopposed for re-election.

Hobbs received 860 votes while Bartlett received 862.

"I am honored to be re-elected to the board," Kingland said. "I feel we have unfinished business that I would like to be a part of finishing."

He said a renewed emphasis on vocational, agricultural, and skilled trades education is very important to him.

Kingland congratulated the others incumbents re-elected and commended Clouse and Archer for "stepping up to put their names on the ballot to try and help our district."

He said he was pleased voters also approved the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy.

"We must do everything we can to fund our students' education," he said. "It has been said many times before, but our children are our greatest asset."

Carter said she was thrilled with the voter turnout.

"It showed the support the school district has from the people in the community," she said.

The Voted PPEL "will help the school district manage its finances in the years to come," Carter said.

She said she appreciates the voters who supported her re-election bid.

"I will do my best for the students of our school district," she said.  

Clouse said she was disappointed by her loss, but "I've received a lot of positive feedback for my candidacy."

She said people told her they were happy she ran because school board seats are not usually highly sought.

Clouse also said she is pleased turnout for the election was higher than expected.

She said she is glad the voter-approved PPEL passed.

Clouse said she will continue to be "an advocate for change" and for increased communication between the school board and its constituents.

Archer said he enjoyed going through the process of running for school board.

He also said he's happy for opponents Kingland and Carter.

"They have been doing fine," Archer said.

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