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Puckett, Anderson, Danek and Ringer win in Morris Community High School board election

MORRIS - The race for Morris Community High School District 101 Board of Education had six candidates seeking four seats, all serving a four-year term.

Three seats were vacated by president Denny Best, vice-president Steve Stangland, and Delores Robinson who all chose not to run leaving their seats vacant.

Only one incumbent ran, Thomas Anderson to fill one of the four seats.

The candidates who were seeking also to fill one of the four seats were newcomers G. James Ringer, Kim Puckett, Christopher Danek, Steven Halcomb, and Derek Perry.

Puckett won with 963 votes, following by Anderson with 921, Danek with 913 and Ringer with 818.

Perry was the closest on the outside, with 806.

The board will be tasked with replacing two positions over the next two years.

They will be involved in a superintendent search as current superintendent Pat Halloran prepares to retire in June 2018, and also a principal search as current principal Kelly Hussey is set to retire in June 2019.

In addition to finding replacements for the two key positions, they will also be faced with ongoing budget woes from the state and maintaining a fiscally sound budget.

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