DOWNERS GROVE – The Community High School District 99 Board of Education race for four spots between five candidates was decided by only a few percentage points, installing two new board members with two incumbents holding on to their seats, according to preliminary results from the DuPage County Election Commission.
Incumbents Terry Pavesich and Rick Pavinato both reclaimed their seats on the board with approximately 22 percent and 19 percent of the total votes during the April 4 election.
"Our goal has always been to provide our students with useful programs within revenue stream," Pavesich wrote in her Suburban Life candidate questionnaire. "We have succeed in that and I would like to continue to provide these programs so that students can succeed in life."
Neck and neck with the two board veterans were Sherrell Fuller (21 percent) and Daniel Nicholas (20.8 percent), with Joseph G. Clifford trailing a few percentage points behind at 17.2 percent.
Clifford's 5071 votes were only approximately 536 votes behind Pavinato's total and 1409 off of Pavesich.
Fuller and Nicholas will be taking the seats of Julia Beckman and Deborah Boyle, both of whom were not included on the April 4 ballot.
"I decided to run for Downers Grove District 99 school board because I care about Downers Grove and public education," Fuller wrote in the questionnaire. "I am committed to working hard to continue to provide high quality education for District 99 schools. I also understand that schools play an integral role when families choose their neighborhoods. Therefore, District 99 education is important for many reasons."