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VanDenburgh, Powers win school board elections

Lakeside Montessori School owner LeeAnn Powers defeated retired Navy Capt. Kevin Cummings to earn a spot on the Central Kitsap School Board on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Incumbent John Farbarik was defeated in the primary election.

Powers had 66.44 percent of the vote in preliminary results released Nov. 8. Cummings earned 37.99 percent of the vote.

“I think the thing that had the greatest impact is that there are a lot of people out there who are familiar with the work I have done in education already. I also had a great group of people helping me with my campaign,” Powers said.

Current school board President Robert VanDenburgh also likely will return after defeating a challenge by local real estate agent Doug Kitchens. Unofficial returns showed VanDenburgh with 52.68 percent, and Kitchens trailing with 46.7 percent.

Ultimately it was experience that won over constituents, VanDenburgh said.

“I think a lot of talk was made in the campaign about experience as managers, but the bottom line was where we’re at now you need leadership but you also need to know what’s going on,” he said.

Passing the school replacement levy is the most critical obstacle the board faces in the coming months, VanDenburgh said.

Powers said she hopes to continue the district’s trend toward improving parents’ education options — including multi-age classes, Montessori, the Together Everyone Achieves More program and programs for gifted students.

Powers, VanDenburgh and other school board members will attend a Washington State School Director’s Association Conference in Spokane next week. They will hear seminars, learn about model programs and study legislative issues.

Powers said she was looking forward to training seminars geared toward first-time school board members.

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