Zionsville Times Sentinel

November 7, 2012

Zionsville school board a split decision

By Andrea Cline and Matt Werner
Zionsville Times Sentinel

Zionsville — Jane Burgess will serve a second term on the Zionsville Community Schools Board of Trustees.

Burgess defeated her opponent, Sue Gentile, 55 percent (6,668 votes) to 45 percent (5,355 votes) in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election.

Burgess hopes to continue the work she started during her next term.

“The next four years are very important to the board and the community,” she said. “I think that we need to keep fiscal responsibility and academic excellence at the top of our priority list. We also need to look to find new sources of revenue, fix the broken school funding formula and continue to provide the high quality academic excellence this community deserves.”

There’s a new school board member in town.

Joe Stein beat 20-year incumbent Robert Wingerter for the Zionsville Community Schools' school board seat for Union Township during the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election.

Stein received 56 percent (6,463) of the votes with Wingerter receiving 44 percent (5,159). Wingerter is president of the current school board and has been a member for 20 years.

“I feel really good,” Stein said. “It’s been a long hard race.”

Stein said he decided not to join his committee and celebrate at home with his paign. Burgess won the Eagle Township school board seat Tuesday night.

“I look forward to serving the community alongside her (Burgess) and the remaining board members,” he said.

See Wednesday's paper for the full story.