Tuesday's special election found voters eager to see newcomers shake things up on the Eagle Point School Board after a year of turmoil over district internet policies and concerns about communication between parents and administrators.
Newcomer Emily McIntire, who criticized the School Board for a lack of communication and lack of oversight on district-provided iPads, had nearly 66 percent of the vote for Position 5, or 2,060 votes, to incumbent Dianne Mihocko's 34 percent, or 1,056 votes, in results posted at 11 p.m.
For Position 2, Tony Lallo led Curt Sather by a more than 1,200 votes, and was leading 74 percent to 26 percent.
McIntire, 35, owner of Pizza Schmizza and Figaro’s, said she is eager to "get to work" on the goals she focused on in her campaign, primarily addressing the district policy on iPads and student access to the internet.
McIntire said she was humbled by the level of voter support she received Tuesday.
With Lallo being elected and Hodges returning, McIntire said she was encouraged that the new board would find a better approach to student access to technology.
"I definitely think this is a big win for our community and for all the parents that definitely wanted some change in the district, especially with the iPads, because that's really been my whole platform," she said.
"It's really been just amazing, and I am totally humbled and honored and ready to do whatever it is that is necessary. I'm excited for the community to feel like they finally have a voice. It's absolutely going to be the winds of change."
Lallo is the owner of Xtreme Collision and Paint and director of Upper Rogue Pop Warner. He has said he’s a proponent of the district’s career and technical education program, which helps students, especially those not focused on a four-year university after high school, to identify and train in various trades.
He also has said local companies have indicated they would be willing to participate in the classes and offer internships for students.
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