Lakeville School District voters opted to keep both incumbents Judy Keliher and Bob Erickson, while electing to add former longtime principal Terry Lind to the School Board.
Those top three vote-getters were fairly evenly split. Erickson, who earned his second term, achieved the highest percentage, 22.46. Lind received 22.12 percent of the vote and Keliher 21.33 percent.
The next highest share of the votes, about 19 percent, went to Jennifer Harmening. Lori Amborn, who left the race to care for her injured son, received more than 11 percent. Bader A. Alossaimi earned about 3 percent.
Keliher said he was looking forward to continuing the task of bringing the district into the future through initiatives such as hybrid online learning. But she said there will be touch budget choices ahead.
“We are in the midst of the budget process to determine how to prioritize what our needs are,” Keliher said. “We will need to do some belt-tightening and budget-cutting.”
Lind will serve his first term on the School Board after having spent more than 40 years as a teacher and administrator in the district.
“I’m really honored I got as many votes as I did,” he said. “The community really turned out for me.”
Erickson could not be reached by the time this story went to press.
The next school board will face some challenges, ranging from trying to make budget adjustments when the community feels there is not much left to cut to successful implementation of the various digital learning initiatives designed to keep kids globally competitive.
Lind said he has another concern, too.
“I would like to look at class sizes,” he said.
Overall, for Lind he is joining the board at a pivotal time.
“It’s going to be like jumping into the fire,” he said.