Incumbents eye seats on new board

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BRATTLEBORO — Voters electing eight members to the new Windham Southeast School District board will see familiar names on the May 21 ballot.

Most of the candidates are currently serving on school boards in their communities.

Brattleboro Town School Board members Robin Morgan and Emily Murphy Kaur are running against each other for a one-year term. Dummerston Town School Board Chairwoman Kristina Naylor will go uncontested for a one-year seat. And Putney Town School Board members Timothy Morris and Sergio Simunovic are contending for a one-year term.

Susan Schmitt of Brattleboro is running against Brattleboro Union High School board Chairman Ricky Davidson and Brattleboro Town School Board Chairman David Schoales for a two-year seat. Putney Town School Board Chairwoman Anne Beekman is running unopposed for a two-year term.

No one ran for a two-year seat in Guilford.

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"After the election, the newly elected WSESD will need to advertise in Guilford that there is a two-year opening for a Guilford resident," Superintendent Lyle Holiday said. "The WSESD Board will need to work with the Guilford Select Board to fill that spot."

Bob Thibault, principal of Leland & Gray Union Middle and High School in Townshend, is running unopposed for a three-year seat to represent Dummerston. And BUHS board member Shaun Murphy is running unopposed for a three-year term to represent Guilford.

"All towns vote for all members," Holiday said. "The votes are then co-mingled. The top vote getter in each category, after the ballots are co-mingled, is the winner. For instance, there are three people from Brattleboro running for the two-year term. Only one of them will win though all of them may get more votes than the others running from outlying town schools."

Reach staff writer Chris Mays

at cmays@reformer.com, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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