Colo-Nesco voters went to the polls to decide some very close races in the district Tuesday.
Newcomer Traci Nessa upset incumbent Bob Jamison in the Colo-Nesco District 1 race for the Colo-Nesco School Board. Nessa, a 34-year-old accountant who has lived in the district for over three years, took 67 percent of the vote Tuesday. Unofficial results from the Story County Election Summary Report show Nessa received 228 votes to Jamison’s 111. There was one write-in vote.
In a profile piece that ran in last week’s Nevada Journal, Nessa indicated her biggest thing for the district to work on this coming year is the hiring of a new superintendent. "I think it’s crucial to find the right superintendent to lead the district into the future," she wrote.
In Colo-Nesco District 2, where only one candidate was officially running, that candidate, Kelly Hendrick, faced a strong write-in opposition, but managed to win the seat. Hendrick, a 56-year-old district administrative assistant for the Gilbert Schools, received 157 votes. There were 153 write-in votes in that race.
Hendrick, in last week’s Journal article, said she believed the Colo-Nesco District needs to work on communication to the public, improving financial accountability and improving the educational accountability of all members of the school district.
The Colo-Nesco At-Large seat was decided by four votes, as incumbent John Fuller received 168 votes to Gary Hendrick’s 164 votes. There were seven write-in votes for that seat.
Fuller, 58, a research scientist, said he feels the district needs to monitor how the changes it has made are working to improve student achievement, and keep a watchful eye on finances. He also believes strongly in the district’s need to attract new students as a source of new money.