ENJOYING THE MOMENT: Lee Ann Imel reacts to news of her win for a seat on the Madison School Board. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie)
ENJOYING THE MOMENT: Lee Ann Imel reacts to news of her win for a seat on the Madison School Board. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie)
Two members of the same family will take over the two open seats on the Madison Consolidated School Board at the start of the year.

Longtime Madison school administrator Joyce Imel and her daughter-in-law, Lee Ann Imel, unseated current school board president Carl Schaum, who was first elected in 2008. Andy Lytle, who has served on the board for 12 years, did not to run for re-election.

In a field of eight candidates, Joyce Imel took more than 27 percent of the overall vote for a first-place finish among the candidates. She received 4,361 votes. Lee Ann Imel was secpmd with 2,435 votes.

Based on Indiana statute, school board members are elected to a four-year term and receive an annual salary of $2,000, plus additional payment from the school corporation for every meeting or special session they attend. The new members will be sworn into office on Jan. 1.

"I'm very humbled by the support. I'm just astonished that that many people have that much faith in me," Joyce Imel said.

Joyce Imel, 67, worked for 40 years as a teacher and principal for Madison Consolidated Schools. She also served as a behavioral consultant in Scott County Schools for two years.

Lee Ann Imel, 36, has worked for the law firm Alcorn, Goering & Sage for the past 14 years and is a Madison Consolidated High School graduate. The Imels will join Todd Bass, Carl Glesing and Linda la Cour on the school board.

Joyce Imel said it was Lee Ann Imel who actually pushed her to run for the school board. At first, she was hesitant, but she later decided she was not done serving the corporation.

"I would like to support the corporation that I had such a wonderful career with," she said.

Joyce Imel said her priority will be to focus on the children and the financial issues facing the corporation.

"I feel like we need to look at strategy to see how we can work our way through this and not take anything away from the children's education," she said.

In studying the issues throughout the election, Lee Ann Imel said she has a steep learning curve ahead. She, too, said the school needs to continue looking toward a fix for its financial situation.

"The real hard work is just now about to begin," she said.

Lee Ann Imel said the voters "couldn't go wrong" with the field of eight candidates for school board. But as the final vote was tallied on Tuesday, she said it was an extra surprise to see herself and Joyce Imel as the winners.

"I've got a lot to learn from her," she said. "I'm excited for both of us. It's a real win-win."

Southwestern School Board

In Hanover, the Southwestern School Board will see one new member, though both races Tuesday were uncontested.

Jodi Gray, 40, earned 2,267 votes for the Republican Township seat, while Michael Hicks, 65, grabbed 1,875 votes for the town of Hanover seat. Narci Burress currently holds the town of Hanover seat, but did not file for re-election.

Gray, a Lexington resident, was first elected in 2008. Hicks will be the newcomer to the board of five, which includes Kevin Brierly, Deanna Liter and Cree Green.

Hicks, a Hanover resident, is a retired school administrator and former Southwestern principal (1995-1997).