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Palm Beach County School Board Winners, Results

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New members of the Palm Beach County School Board will be sworn in Nov. 22.

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  • Board members serve four-year terms and are paid approximately $47,200
  • School board oversees nearly $5 billion budget for the 10th largest school district in the United States

Palm Beach County voters chose titular Marcia Andrews and newcomer attorney Edwin Ferguson as winners of two school elections Tuesday, according to the unofficial election results with all constituencies.

Andrews will represent District 6, including Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and the Glades, after winning 56% of the votes cast. She ran against Jennifer Showalter, who won 43%.

Ferguson will represent District 7, including Riviera Beach and a narrow stretch of neighborhoods that stretch mostly southeast from Interstate 95 to Delray Beach.

Ferguson won with 52% of the vote to challenger Corey Michael Smith’s 47%.

The winners will join incumbents Karen Brill and Erica Whitfield, who defended their seats in the August primary by garnering more than 50% of the vote. The new members of the school board will be sworn in on November 22.

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The Palm Beach County School Board sets policies and oversees a nearly $5 billion budget for the 10th largest school district in the United States.

Seats on the elected seven-member Board of Directors are filled in alternating election cycles. Board members serve four-year terms and are paid approximately $47,200. Three seats were filled in the last cycle.

All Palm Beach County voters, regardless of party affiliation, were able to vote in nonpartisan school board elections as long as they lived in the district being decided.

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Decided: Andrews will represent Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and the Glades

Andrews is an incumbent with nearly 12 years of experience on the board.

A former principal, she said she wants to focus on increasing reading performance for elementary students, addressing unfinished learning caused by the pandemic, expanding mental and behavioral health programs and keeping students safe. and staff.

Reached on Tuesday night, Andrews said she was “so happy” with the win and that the race had been “so political”.

“I’m not partisan, I care about all children,” she said. “My goal is to make sure all children succeed. I stand with all children, parents and teachers who work together to improve our schools.”

She said she was delighted that the public “saw our work, my ethics and my willingness to do what is right”.

Showalter has cast himself as a strong advocate for parental rights — a rallying cry from Gov. Ron DeSantis who wants more control over school policies and programs.

A freelance graphic designer, she had hoped to tackle what she calls “the blatant excess and disregard of students, parents and teachers, which has led to the disregard of individual and parental rights”.

Andrews came within two percentage points of winning the District 6 seat against four other candidates in the August primary, receiving 48% of the vote.

Showalter won 18% of the votes cast in August.

Andrews has raised $117,157 for his campaign as of Nov. 3. Showalter raised $41,162.

Decided: Ferguson will represent Riviera Beach and West Palm Beach

Voters chose Ferguson to fill the school board seat vacated by Dr. Debra Robinson.

Ferguson and Smith are both fathers, husbands and lawyers.

They also share similar goals: improved early learning programs, increased support for school district employees, expanded school safety measures, and increased focus on preparing students for careers or new learning opportunities. After high school.

Ferguson, who tried to unseat school board member Debra Robinson in 2018, previously worked as a teacher at Suncoast and Palm Beach Lakes high schools before going to law school and opening the Ferguson firm in Riviera Beach. He primarily focuses on real estate and personal injury matters.

Joined Tuesday night, Ferguson was celebrating with fans.

“I’m very happy, very excited that voters are trusting us to make changes to the public school system,” he said. “Tonight was a convincing victory, and we want to start tomorrow.”

Ferguson said he hopes to “collaborate with the community, bring more people and resources into kindergarten, work on school safety and the school-to-entrepreneurship pipeline.”

In the primary race, Ferguson got 43% of the vote while Smith Smith won 41%.

Ferguson has raised $168,882 as of November 3. Smith raised $69,883.

Katherine Kokal is an education reporter at the Palm Beach Post. You can reach her at [email protected]. Help support our work, subscribe today!