A challenger touting the need for strategic planning and fiscal restraint will take his seat on the Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board.
With 144 of 149 precincts reporting, unofficial results show Mike Scharringhausen received 6,435 votes. Joining him were incumbents Anna Klimkowicz and Robert LeFevre with 6,851 votes and 5,210 votes.
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"It's an awesome opportunity to provide a voice of reason and fiscal restraint," said Scharringhausen, a general manager at a wholesale fastener distribution. "I'll work to do what's right for the students and the community overall."
The three winners will serve 4-year terms.
Incumbent Edward Yung and challenger Roman Golash trailed with 4,655 votes and 4,134 votes, respectively.
Klimkowicz, a family case manager and licensed professional counselor, said her priority is to create a strategic plan that encompasses finances, technology, accountability, career readiness and continuity of curriculum. She also wants to enhance social preparedness, mental health support and address bullying.
"I want the board to have more input from students," she said. "I think that's vital."
LeFevre, a certified public accountant first elected to the board in 2005, said his goals are to continue both stable and sustainable quality education and financial accountability. He doesn't believe District 211 is facing huge challenges at the moment, but said he's keeping an eye on the state's pension crisis.