Voters in Melissa elected George James to his sixth term on Place 1 on the board of trustees with more than 63 percent of the vote.


James said his philosophy since joining the board has been to make sure everything he does is for students.


“We’re focused on making things better for the kid and we’ve been successful at that,” he said.


For Place 1, 607 votes were cast in all and James picked up 386 votes. While James has been on the board for many years, he said campaigning is not his strong suit.


“To be honest with you I’m probably a horrible campaigner,” he said.


Lynette Morgan and Heather Kurlinski ran against James. Kurlinski picked up 153 votes and a little more than 25 percent of the vote. Morgan picked up 68 votes and just more than 11 percent of the vote.


“I’m grateful for the opportunity I had to go out and meet everyone,” Kurlinski said.


“I will definitely be looking to run again for the next open position,” Morgan said.


For Place 2, incumbent Bill Gray was elected to his second term on the board. Gray picked up more than 75 percent of the vote, and 419 votes out of a total of 552 cast.


“When they elected me to this position it means they have confidence that we know how to handle the concerns and the problems that are in the school system, and I think they’re satisfied with how we’re handling things,” Gray said.


Steven Huth came in second, garnering 24 percent, or 133 votes. He sent the following statement over email regarding the election.


“I would like to thank the entire community of Melissa for a good turn out at the poles, and to think all candidates for their time, keeping things civil, and best of luck in the future.”