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“I am excited and looking forward to moving the kids into a new school and watching them continue to grow and develop,” Thomas said.
Urbana voters approved $31.3 million bond issue in 2014 and the schools are currently being built. The new high school is near the current high school while the new elementary school is being built on U.S. Highway 68. The high school is expected to open over the 2018 spring break and the elementary school could be open as soon as next school year.
Paul was the leading vote-getter in the race that had nine people running for three spots. She garnered more than 15 percent of the vote. She is currently a principal at Simon Kenton Elementary School in Springfield and worked in the Urbana district for a number of years.
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“It’s very humbling and I appreciate the support from the community,” Paul said. “I am very excited about stepping into a position on the board. I hope to use my experience to benefit Urbana children.”
She’s not sure what caused her to be the leading vote-getter other than she relied on her experience in education to discuss important issues with voters throughout her campaign.
Only School Board President Jan Engle did not have his seat up for grabs this election.