Bozeman, Rhee elected to Dunlap school board

Adam Larck
From left, Dawn Bozeman, Joe Eberle, Amy Fairfield Doering and Beth Rhee were all elected to the school board on April 5.

Out of three board elections that Dunlap had during this year’s consolidated election, only one of them was contested: the school board.

Once the votes were finally tallied, both Dawn Bozeman and Beth Rhee were elected to the board, while H. Edward Babcock missed the cut by just 45 votes.

“I am honored and thrilled to be elected to the Dunlap School Board,” Bozeman said. “As you know, these are voluntary positions that do very important work regarding our school system. I applaud all that serve in these roles and look forward to working with them as a new school board member. In addition, having five children, my family is vested in the community and the Dunlap School system.”

Rhee was the top vote getter with 1,446. Out of those, 1,214 came from the city of Peoria.

Coming in second was incumbent Joe Eberle with 1,072 votes, while the other incumbent Amy Fairfield Doering had 957 votes.

Bozeman had 946 votes.

“We’re losing some veteran board members,” Superintendent Dr. Jay Marino said. “I think Brian’s (Meginnes) been on the board for 12 years and Christine (Finley) for eight. So, you bring a lot of history and a lot of knowledge when you’ve been around for a while.

“The flip side to that is we have some brand new board members coming in, and sometimes you get fresh ideas and new perspectives.”

Bozeman said that she wants to try and find more opportunities for the students and wants more collaboration with schools and the community while using diversity as an advantage and making sports an asset.

“As part of the board, I plan to work diligently to see how I can best support the strategic plan of the district as well as uphold the voice of the parents in the district,” she said.

In the village board elections, all four incumbents were re-elected. Gregory Micklos, running for an unexpired two-year set, got 103 votes. Next was Sheila Taylor with 91 votes, followed by Colleen Slane with 81 votes and Jeff Dixon with 77 votes.

Finally, on the library board, two incumbents were re-elected and one write-in was elected for the four positions open.

Angela Dhall, with 404 votes, will be filling an unexpired two-year seat. Both Samuel Sisk and Jane Sieck will be filling six-year terms.

Sisk earned 399 votes, while write-in Sieck got 25.