Sifton, the current board vice president, was the leading vote-getter with 861 votes, nearly 45 percent of those cast. McNeil, who garnered 39 percent with 758 votes, will replace Board President Steve Meeks, who is retiring.
Former district employee Robert Pelc finished third, with 301 votes, or 15 percent.
Sifton said his re-election spoke to voter satisfaction with the board.
“I think it’s a reflection of what this board has accomplished together and what our staff and administration have done to improve performance in the district in recent years,” Sifton said. “I’m pleased to be able to continue that work.”
McNeil, who owns a technology consulting firm, said he is eager to get started in his new job.
“My whole goal in running for the school board was to help,” McNeil said. “We’re blessed with a school district that is good educationally, financially, and good for kids, and I want to leave it better than when I came in.
“I think we can expand opportunities for our kids,” McNeil added. “I want to help expose them to new career paths and new choices.”
McNeil and Sifton will be sworn in at the board’s meeting on Tuesday night, April 17.”
Printed in the South County Times on April 13, 2007
Article by Murray Farish