BELPRE - Two incumbents will be joined by a current Belpre city councilman when the new Belpre City Schools District Board of Education begins its next term in the new year.
Incumbents Leonard Wiggins and Fred Meredith received 589 votes, or 25 percent, and 704 votes, or 30 percent, of the votes, respectively. Newcomer Bob Wallace received 590 votes, or 25 percent.
"I am honored that the people have enough faith in me to continue on the job we're doing and that we are heading in the right direction," said Wiggins, who is serving as the board president.
Meredith first thanked citizens of Belpre for their support in voting his second term.
"We still have a lot of work to do to get our kids college-ready and now we have four more years to do that," Meredith said. "It is 100 percent for the kids and we have a lot to do, but it will be done."
Wiggins said he believes the district has done well in hiring Superintendent Tony Dunn in 2011 and new treasurer Melissa S. Griffith in September and looks forward to seeing that hard work continue.
"Four more years of a lot of work, but we are there to make sure our kids are getting the best education they are getting here in Belpre," Wiggins added. "There is a lot going on with the House Bill 264 to upgrade the heating systems at the high school as well as other stuff coming up to help the kids."
Wallace, who is ending a two-year term as an at-large member of Belpre City Council, was unavailable for comment.
Also on the ballot was former Belpre BOE member Bobbi Simmons, who served one term from 2008 to 2011. Simmons received 458 votes, or 20 percent.
Each of the four residents was up for one of three available seats.
Terms for other board members Mike Wile and Pat Taylor will end Dec. 31, 2015.