Incumbent Craig Thompson managed to hold onto the Arrowhead School Board’s Stone Bank seat, beating out challenger Dan Sagal in Tuesday’s election.
Thompson garnered about 61 percent of the 1,697 votes cast compared to Sagal’s 37 percent, according to the preliminary election results. Thompson won 1,035 votes; Sagal won 623.
Thompson, a district resident for 21 years, was first elected to the school board in 2005. He currently works as a financial consultant in Brookfield.
He congratulated Sagal on a good effort, but said the board would benefit from the continuity of his re-election.
“That has been my main campaign message,” he said. “We have an effective board, we are doing a good job and lets keep the good thing going. It looks like that is what the community wants.”
He said he campaigned vigorously, posting yard signs and sending out emails. He estimates that he sent out about 3,400 fliers to local voters.
He said he expects to tackle issues at the school related to Common Core State Standards in the coming year.
“We have a fine high school and some of these state mandates are getting in the way of effectively providing educational opportunities for our kids,” he said. “We have too many tests going on, we need more instructional time.”
Sagal, who said he did not wish to comment, is the current president of the Stone Bank School Board. He was first elected to the position in 2007 and currently works as an operations manager in North Lake.