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Incumbents Grose, Lendrum retained on Norwalk school board

editor • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Incumbents Grose, Lendrum retained on Norwalk school boardVoters returned both incumbent school board members in Tuesday’s election.

John Lendrum led the field with 1,711 votes, or 37.6 percent. Mike Grose came in at No. 2, with 1,469 votes, good for 32.3 percent. Steve Linder was close behind with 1,372 votes, 30.1 percent of the vote.

As the top two vote-getters, Lendrum and Grose have been returned to their seats.

Provisional and absentee ballots have yet to be counted, but they are not expected to change the outcome of the election.

When asked why he thought he won, Mike Grose said he hoped it was because the people are satisfied with the job that he’s done. Grose cited improved test scores, but said there’s much more to do. He’d like to see all five schools rated excellent, he said.

Similarly, Lendrum said it is not back to business as usual.

If you look at the district four years ago, and where it will be four years from now, “change is probably the only constant we have,” he said.

He echoed Grose’s goal of continuing improvement on the report cards as well as maintaining the school’s finances. The board’s biggest aim in the next term, he said, should be to look five to 10 years down the line. The board needs to leave the day-to-day operations to the administration and do what needs to be done to make sure the kids entering school now will have what they need to be successful when they graduate.

Linder was not available for comment.

Grose and Lendrum join Janet Broz, Scott Truxell and Robert Ludwig on the board that meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at varying locations.

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