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After the vote

Armes: Board will continue to move in right direction

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The Whitehall Board of Education will look a little different come January.

Two incumbents will return to the panel for another four years following the Nov. 5 election, along with one newcomer.

Board president Walter Armes was front-runner Nov. 5,receiving 697 votes.

Board vice president Blythe Wood secured another four-year term with 647 votes.

Leo Knoblauch, who received 673 votes, is the newcomer on the board. Though Knoblauch is new to the board, he is not new to public office.

Knoblauch is a 1977 graduate of Whitehall-Yearling High School and served on Whitehall City Council for eight years. He also served two years on the Civil Service Commission, is currently vice chairman (past chairman) of the Whitehall Education Foundation, is president of the Whitehall Community Celebration Association, is a committee member of Whitehall Historical Society (former vice president), is member of Whitehall Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association, is a member of Whitehall's Community Emergency Response Team and was the 2004 Whitehall Citizen of the Year.

Armes said he is confident the new panel should work well together.

"As a spokesman for the board, it appears that enough people feel the board is moving in a positive direction," Armes said last week following the election. "I look forward to working with the new board, ... and I anticipate that we will continue to move in a positive direction."

Wood said she was pleased with the number of candidates seeking office this term, admitting it was a close election.

"I was impressed that people were interested in running," she said. "Community interest is good."

Board member Darryl Hammock will not return to the panel after placing fourth with 571 votes. Newcomer Lorna Russell also lost her bid for a seat, coming in last place with 457 votes.

Board member Joy Bivens, who ran unopposed for the two-year unexpired term, received 880 votes.

The members will be sworn in during the first meeting in January.

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