Springboro school board incumbents win election

Springboro Board of Education, from left, Board Members Lisa Babb, Jamie Belanger, David Stuckey, Charles Anderson, and Dan Gudz; at far right are Superintendent Larry Hook and Treasurer Terrah Stacy. ED RICHTER/STAFF
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Springboro Board of Education, from left, Board Members Lisa Babb, Jamie Belanger, David Stuckey, Charles Anderson, and Dan Gudz; at far right are Superintendent Larry Hook and Treasurer Terrah Stacy. ED RICHTER/STAFF

All three incumbents will return to new four-year terms on the Springboro Board of Education, according to final, unofficial results from the Warren County Board of Elections.

With 30 of 30 precincts or 100% reporting, incumbent board member David Stuckey was the leading vote-getter in the eight-candidate field with 16.7% of the vote. He was followed by Charles Anderson with 15.9%, and Daniel Gudz with 14.2% of the vote.

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Trailing the incumbents are Olga Verbitsky with 12.2%; Brian Retterer with 11.4%; Frank Catrine with 10.5%; Shauna Acquavita with 10.45% and Jeff Paschke-Johannes with 8.49%.

These results do not include the unofficial results from the Montgomery County Board of Elections as the Springboro school district overlaps into Montgomery County.

Transparency, accountability, inclusion and fiscal responsibility have been continuing themes in the race for the three open seats on the Springboro Board of Elections.

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Stuckey said he’s was running for a third term on the Springboro school board because he wants to ensure the staff has what they need and that the administration is supported and allowed to do their jobs.

“I want the children in the district to have the best education possible,” he said.

Stuckey, 66, has been a resident of Springboro for more than 42 years. He is a retired teacher and a former varsity head football coach. He currently serves as volunteer freshman head football coach. Stuckey and his wife have two grown children and two grandsons.

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Anderson said he’s running for re-election “to insure that Springboro continues to do what is best for students. We have a very good and well sought out school system by parents looking for the best place to live and educate their children.”

Anderson, 71, has lived in Springboro for 38 years. He is a business owner and has been a funeral director for the past 47 years. He has two grown children and three grandchildren. He is seeking a fourth term on the school board.

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Gudz, 42, was seeking a new four-year term on the school board because he said he believes it’s important for adults to contribute and give back to a community through service.

He has lived in the school district for 15 years. Gudz and his wife have two children and said one of the reasons they moved to the community was the excellent school district. He is also the chief financial officer of health plan services for Molina Healthcare.

Gudz said one of the top issues facing the school district include ensuring that all students get back on pace with their educations following the significant disruptions due to COVID-19; and continuing to modernize facilities through renovation or replacement.

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