Pair of newcomers to join Wheaton School Board

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

School Board winners excited for chance to serve on board

A pair of newcomers, Tony Ball and Joseph Brattin, will soon take their seats on the Wheaton School Board.

Ball, a pastor at Ridgeley Baptist Church, took third place in the recent school board election with 20 percent (80 votes), Brattin took second with 26 percent (104 votes), and incumbent Lewis Royer, entering his fourth term on the board was first with 27 percent (110 votes).

Brattin said that he is excited and nervous to serve the school. He said he does not have any plans for change, but he wants to meet with the administrators and get a feel for what is going on.

"I want to see what the board is currently doing and get up to speed with what's going on," Brattin said. "I look forward to working with the current board and the administrators, but first and foremost I want to take care of the kids and make any improvements that will help educate our kids."

Ball is also serving a first term on the school board, and said it will be a learning curve as he gets to know the process.

"It's a very humbling outcome for the people to entrust me to serve them, the school and the kids," he said.

Ball said he was happy with the way the board was previously being ran, and he plans to keep things moving the same direction.

"I will work alongside the school to make improvements are resources are available and to help the students learn more," Ball said.

Royer said it is a good time for a transition.

"The administrators have been in place for several years and there is a lot of experience on the board," Royer said. "It should be easy in terms of bringing in new members. The school and budget are in a good place. I do not expect any big challenges in the next year."

Royer said that currently all board members have taken classes to be Certified Board Members and he hopes the two newcomers will do the same.

"It helps to get different aspects of serving on a board, and how to govern without overstepping boundaries," Royer said. "We may not always make the right decision, but we know every decision impacts the kids and it's important to do the best we can."

Landon Brattin, who was seeking a third term, finished fourth in the election with 14 percent (58 votes).

Scott Prewitt, who was seeking his first term, finished fifth and garnered 12 percent (48 votes). Prewitt said that he plans to run for the position again.

"There are no major changes I want to make, but there are certain things I would like to look at given the opportunity," Prewitt said.

Landon Brattin could not be reached for comment on this story.

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