Voters in Northwest ISD elected two educators to the school board Saturday.
Ann Davis-Simpson, a professor at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, won place 3, and retired school teacher Judy Copp retained place 4.
Davis-Simpson of Northlake defeated Kyle Morris of Haslet and Edward R. Mergenthal Jr. of Fort Worth with 62 percent of the total vote (early and election day voting) across the three counties the school district spans – Wise, Denton and Tarrant. In Wise County, she garnered 50.39 percent of the 127 votes with 64 ballots cast in her favor; 41.73 percent (53 votes) for Morris and 7.87 percent (10) for Mergenthal.
During early voting, seven Newark citizens voted for Davis-Simpson, two for Mergenthal and none for Morris. In Rhome, 36 voted for the winner, six for Mergenthal and 35 for Morris.
On election day, Davis-Simpson garnered 12 votes in Newark and 9 in Rhome; Mergenthal earned 1 in each municipality; and Morris received 18 in Rhome and none in Newark.
Copp received 125 votes from Wise County polls. The Justin resident was not contested for the place 4 spot she was won last May, also unopposed. Eleven-year trustee Jeannette Leong resigned in order to spend more time with family, with one year left in her term.
Seven in Newark voted for Copp during early voting and 11 on election day. In Rhome, 78 voters cast their ballot in her favor during early voting and 29 on election day.
The newly elected board members will be sworn into their three-year terms at the May 28 school board meeting.
On a 2-2-3 rotating basis, all board members are elected at-large.
The NISD seven-member board is responsible for establishing policies of the district and for ensuring its financial viability. Trustees employ the superintendent, approve the budget, monitor expenditures, set the tax rate, call bond elections and serve NISD without financial compensation.
At 234 square miles, NISD is one of the fastest-growing school districts in the state, operating 25 campuses for students of 14 municipalities.
The district of approximately 18,000 students is expected to nearly double in size over the next five years and could have as many as 90,000 students by 2030.