With 1,160 votes, Jillian DeLong won a three-way race for a single two-year seat on the Beachwood City School District School Board, garnering 34.5% of the ballot.
Hers will be the only new face on the school board.
DeLong, 42, is manager of assets for Cuyahoga Community College.
Richard A. Loeb came in second in that race, with 1,111 votes or 33.1% of the vote, and Marla Hart got 1,091 votes, or 32.5%.
Two people already seated on the school board won four-year terms in a separate five-way race.
Incumbent Joshua Mintz, 44, a real estate developer, won his third, four-year term on the school board with 1,683 votes, or 26.8% of the total. Megan Walsh, 38, who was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Steve Rosen in January 2019, won her first full, four-year term with 1,481 votes, or 23.6%.
Trailing Walsh were Dawann Gray, with 1,102 votes, 17.6%; followed by Kareen Caputo with 1,071 votes or 17.1%; and Tiffanie Broadbent with 938 votes, or 15% of the total.
Results are based on 100% of precincts reporting and absentee ballots, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website.
DeLong said she would focus on long-term planning for the future of Beachwood schools. The district has a great reputation, she said, and as families continue to move to Beachwood, DeLong said the schools must assess their current buildings, capabilities and resources.
“I think that the school board could do a better job at communicating and … providing plans to the community,” she said prior to the election.
DeLong said she would focus on transparency within the district and encourage community involvement.
Mintz also named transparency as an issue of focus in his questionnaire prior to the election.
“I plan to work with my fellow board members to have a more unified message when speaking to our community,” he wrote. “I have also recently proposed for the board to publish recently approved board resolutions in local publications so the community can see how we are spending taxpayer money.”
Walsh, MomsFirst deputy project director, discussed her priorities in a conversation with the CJN prior to the election.
“We had the failed consolidation plan last year, so the issue of either renovating our buildings or building a new building or buildings is still to be determined,” Walsh said. “Talking to voters, I hear a lot of different reasons why the community did not support the consolidation plan, which has contributed to a bit of division in the community.”
Her second issue to address is communication and engagement.
“Superintendent Dr. (Robert) Hardis will be recommending an agreement with a consulting firm, which will include engaging the community with focus groups and surveys,” she wrote in an email. “I look forward to voting to approve the agreement and following the progress and recommendations from that process. Community input and engagement is essential for the district’s success.”