The West York school board will trade architectural expertise for law experience after Tuesday's election.
Incumbent Jayne Shepro was ousted Tuesday when challenger George Margetas commanded the voting, earning more than 700 votes over his closest opponent.
"I didn't expect to pull away like that," Margetas said in a phone interview as voting results were still being tallied. "All you hope for is to win."
Margetas, an associate at the law office of Farley G. Holt, said he doesn't have a certain agenda coming onto the school board, but intends to give back to the community in which he grew up.
Margetas said he expects some board members will help fill him in on the nuances of being a board member, but also expects to follow his opinions.
"I'm going to do what I think is best for the school," Margetas said.
Margetas received 2,664 votes in the election. Ralph Brandt earned the second-highest number of votes, with 1,950 ballots cast in his favor.
Priorities: Brandt said he is glad to see a new face on the board, but is also sad to see Shepro gone.
"If I had my choice, I would have lost sooner than Jayne," he said.
Brandt said Shepro was "the best person on the board," and her expertise in architecture will be missed during the upcoming phases of the district's construction project.
Brandt said he hopes to keep Shepro on the building committee as a non-board member.
The incumbent board member also said he hopes to continue the priorities he has kept since first being elected four years ago. Brandt puts a high emphasis on the safety of the schools, and wants to see continuing efforts for quality education and cost containment.
Brandt said safety is his top concern, and he's hopeful the coming renovations will provide additional support to the procedures the school has in place to keep students safe.
"That agenda is hard and fast for me," Brandt said.
The two other school board seats available will go to incumbents Robert Crouse and Alan Moose. Crouse received 1,930 votes, while Moose received 1,851 votes.
In other school board races:
Eastern York School District: In Region 2, Mark Keller and Richard Zepp claimed the two available school board seats. Keller led with 797 votes, while Zepp received 623 votes.
Keller and Zepp were both incumbents. Challenger John Leaman had 447 votes.
Hanover Public School District: Jared Reck and Karen Daubert, who were the only two candidates to file for seats before the primary voting in May, earned seats on the district's school board. Reck led with 1,096 votes.
Two other candidates, Maria Shea and Brian Frederick, also won seats. Shea received 1,068 votes, and Frederick received 1,092 votes. Daubert finished with 799 votes.
Two other candidates also ran for the contested seats: Tim Williams earned 429 votes, and Charles Farley received 247 votes.
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