Kids Voting tallies hit 2 of 3 on school board

When it came to choosing three District 51 School Board members, students fell along the same voting lines as adults — for the most part.

Third- through 10th-grade students participating in the Kids Voting Mesa County election selected John Williams in District C, Tom Parrish in District D and John Sluder in District E.

Williams received 4,988 votes, or 49 percent, compared to Pat Kanda, who received 4,109 votes, or 41 percent.

Parrish received 6,636 votes (66 percent) compared to Mike Lowenstein, who received 3,401 votes (34 percent).

Sluder tallied 5,726 votes (57 percent), while Greg Mikolai picked up 4,283 votes (43 percent).

More than 10,000 students cast ballots in the school board race.

Students in kindergarten, first grade and second grade in District 51 weighed in on a hypothetical question: If your school had more money, what would you spend it on?

The target of more spending favored by the most students was more computers, with 1,389 votes, followed closely by more books, with 1,294 votes. More teachers came in third on students’ priority list, with 502 votes. Smaller class sizes ranked last, with 392 votes.

A total of 1,297 kindergartners through second-graders participated.

Students in the Plateau Valley School District cast their ballots in favor of Justin Clark, Clinton Dennison and Jo Dorman for that district’s school board.

Students picked Clark over Dawn Currier, 167-83, in District B, and Dorman over Judith Ann Skrbina, 129-120, in District E. Dennis ran unopposed in District D.


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