Raegner in lead for East Grand school board | SkyHiNews.com

Raegner in lead for East Grand school board

It looks like East Grand’s former school board president, Ed Raegner, will be returning to the board.

As of the most recent count, Raegner was leading the race for the East Grand school board Director District 3 by a wide margin — 68.2% (2,228) to 31.8% (1,040) — over Deborah Relyea. The results are unofficial but put Raegner in a comfortable lead.

“I appreciate the vote of confidence by the voters putting me back on the school board,” he said Wednesday. “We have a lot of successes to look back on: Becoming a district of excellence, the implementation of the Homegrown Talent Initiative and, in the last school year, having more in-person learning than most districts.”

Raegner had been school board president but had to step down earlier this year when it was discovered that his home sits just outside his director district. The six people on the East Grand school board represent different geographic areas of the school district, and each director must live within that district.

Raegner will soon be representing the correct director district. He said he feels up to future challenges, which include spending decisions for the bond measure voters passed Tuesday along with picking the next superintendent and continuing to navigate decisions around COVID-19.

District 2 was up for election, but only incumbent Chris Raines ran for the office.

As for District 3, no one ran for the position. Once elected board members are sworn in, East Grand will have a vacancy for District 3 covering Grand Lake and surrounding areas.

Because of the new US Census, East Grand’s director districts will change slightly. With those adjusted boundaries, East Grand will seek a director to appoint to that office and fill its board.

This article has been updated with additional information.

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