VIRGINIA BEACH — After a lengthy night of counting absentee ballots, checking numbers and then triple checking those numbers, the unofficial results are in for the newest Virginia Beach City School Board.
Of the six people elected to the school board, five are incumbents.
Virginia Beach City Schools’ Superintendent Aaron Spence said, “I think the results of this election show that the community is pleased with the progress we are making in Virginia Beach City Public Schools, and they want to see us continue on this positive trajectory.”
He looks forward to continuing to work with the school board in the upcoming year and also looks forward to welcoming their newest board member.
School Board at large
There were two seats up for grabs and incumbent Dorothy “Dottie” Holtz and newcomer Laura Hughes grabbed those seats.
Holtz’s vote total was 61,576, giving her 30 percent of the vote and Laura Hughes’ vote total was 47,765, giving her 23 percent of the vote.
Incumbent Carolyn Weems reclaimed her seat on the school board with 120,529 votes, giving her 98 percent of the votes in her district.
Incumbent Sharon Felton will sit on the school board once again with 80,018 votes, taking 60 percent of the votes in her district.
Incumbent Carolyn Rye once again won back her seat with 74,008 votes, or 56 percent.
Princess Anne District
Incumbent Kimberly Melnyk will serve the school board once again taking 78,398 votes, 59 percent of the votes in her district.