Madison Consolidated School Board President Joyce Imel will retain her seat for a second four-year term, and newcomer Jeanne Ann Dugle was elected to her first term in Tuesday’s election.

The two women bested four other candidates to win the two available seats on the five-member board. Current board member Lee Ann Imel lost her bid for re-election.

Imel was the top vote getter with 3,463 or 21.2 percent, followed by Dugle with 3,348 votes or 20.5 percent. They were followed by Lee Ann Imel, with 2,749 (16.83 percent); Michael S. Dowell, 2,656 (16.26 percent); Darlisa J. Davis, 2,199 (13.46 percent); and John Hutchinson, 1,917 (11.74 percent).

“I’m very pleased,” Joyce Imel said of her win. “There was a lot of negative out on social media. I’m glad I survived.”

Imel said she believes the board’s biggest priority is “resolving the facilities issue – that’s a top priority – and continue with the path we are on with academics.”

Imel thanked everyone for getting to the polls. “I appreciate the support and confidence in the fact that I can continue to be a part of the board.”

Dugle said that she has been “happily retired,” but felt “compelled” to run for school board when she considered the educational future for her grandchildren.

“We’re going to put our schools back on track, put our children first and the community will benefit,” she said. “Hopefully, because I’ve been a teacher and I was in the classroom, the others will listen to me.”



Burress returns to Southwestern board


Narci M. Burress was re-elected to the Southwestern School Board to represent Hanover. Burress won with 1,153 votes, or 37.54 percent, beating her two opponents, Dustin A. Bailey and Cree Green.

Green garnered 962 votes (31.33 percent) while Bailey took 956 votes (31.13 percent).

Jodi R. Gray, who ran unopposed to represent Republican Township, received 2,646 votes.

Burress decided not to run in 2012 after having served for two four-year terms.

“I decided eight years was good, that it was time for someone else, some new ideas,” she said Tuesday night. She decided to run again this year “because I love working with the kids.”

She said she knows most of the other board members and “I’m excited to see what we can all do together.”