School board chairman Mike Rogers narrowly defeated challenger Lisa Maynes in the only contested election on this year’s Town Meeting Day ballot, earning 1,119 votes to Maynes’ 1,094, according to an unofficial tally provided by town manager Dawn Francis.
Maynes, the director of family support – health at the Vermont Family Network, told the Sun in January she was running “as a parent” and hoped to bring a voice that had been missing from the board.
“This is my first go at something like this,” Maynes said.
School board member Lindsey Cox was unopposed in her quest for another two-year seat and earned 2,071 votes.
On the town side, selectboard chairwoman Nadine Scibek earned 2,072 votes in her uncontested race for another three years. Board clerk Jeffrey Bartley, also unopposed, got the endorsement of 2,103 residents for a two-year seat.
Burnham Memorial Library trustee Leora Black handily secured another five-year post with 2,069 votes.
Town clerk Karen Richard (2,186 votes), Geri Barrows (2,148 votes) and Scott Barrett (2,127 votes) were also all unopposed in their campaigns for Champlain Water District representative, lister and moderator, respectively.
At Monday night’s pre-Town Meeting event, the 100-or-so attendees voted via voice to raise the yearly stipend for school board members from $1,300 to $1,500 each. Soon after, a different citizen proposed raising selectboard pay to $2,000 a year, with $2,500 going to the chairperson.
A few residents objected to maintaining different levels of reimbursement. After a voice vote on the hike was too close to call, moderator Scott Barrett asked those present to participate in a standing vote.
The motion was defeated, and residents unanimously agreed to a $1,500 stipend across the board, offering a brief display of Vermont democracy in action.