Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

Election

May 4, 2010

Experience pays off in school board races

DANVILLE — Incumbents running for school boards seem to receive a vote of confidence from constituents during this year's election.

Pam DeWeese and Gary Brinkman will both begin their fifth terms as board members for the Avon Community School Board of Trustees.

"Pam and I have worked together very well as board members," Brinkman said. "We both came on the board the same year - 1994."

Brinkman said the community of Avon has changed tremendously since they were first elected 16 years ago.

"I grew up here, so it's special to me that I get to serve the community here," he said. "I care about the kids and the schools."

Their years of experience have been put to the test already with budget cuts this year.

"I think this would've been a difficult time for a novice to come on board," DeWeese said. "There have always been challenges - up until now it was our growth. Now it's the budget cuts. This is a critical time for school boards."

DeWeese said there is always a learning curve when a new board member is elected. She said the current board has a good mix of people and she feels the continuity will help them through the tough times.

"We've come to trust each other," she said. "It's always difficult when new people come on."

Brinkman said it's encouraging to him that the voters still want them to serve.

"Kids are near and dear to my heart," he said.

DeWeese received 42.65 percent of the vote while Brinkman earned 40.17 percent. Marquita R. Walker received 17.18 percent of the vote.

In other school board races, those seeking re-election were also confirmed by voters.

David Ayres won the Lincoln Township seat on the Brownsburg School Board of Trustees. He has served as a member for the past four years. He earned 72.17 percent of the vote wile Eric Knipe earned 27.83 percent.

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