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Posted: Monday, November 8, 2010 8:00 am

The Kyrene and Tempe Union High School District governing boards will have a new look come January.

According to the unofficial results posted to the Maricopa County Recorder website, newly elected Beth Brizel and Bernadette Coggins will join current members Ross Rob, Michelle Hirsch and Ellen Shamah on the Kyrene governing board.

"I'm physically and emotionally exhausted right now," Coggins said Wednesday. "I am relieved, it's been a lot of work, more than I thought ... I think it's going to be a great group of people working together on the board."

Coggins received 37.4 percent of the votes, Brizel had 31.5 and Ben Benedict had 31.1 percent. The margin between Brizel and Benedict was just 133 votes, according to online results.

"When you have a small lead when you go to bed, you're not all that confident," said Brizel, who found out she was the unofficial winner around 2 a.m. "I'm excited because it was a lot of hard work, and I really wanted to get on the governing board."

For Tempe Union, Mary Lou Taylor was reelected for a third term and will be joined by newcomer David Schapira.

"I was very nervous because there was so many people in the race, and you just don't know how it's going to turn out," Taylor said. "I think (Schapira) is a nice fellow, and I think he's going to be easy to work with."

It was a two-for-Tuesday for Schapira. The Tempe resident was also reelected to represent District 17 in the state Senate, a position he has had since 2007.

"I'm looking forward to joining the governing board and, it has a steep learning curve... so I will be doing my homework and preparing myself in the next couple of months," Schapira said.

Taylor received 26.6 percent of the votes, Schapira had 24.5, Sandy Lowe came in third with 22.6, Dave Wells had 18.1 and Duane Washkowiak had 8.1 percent.

‘Yes' for bonds, ‘no' for capital override in Kyrene

As for the Kyrene ballot measure, the bond election passed overwhelmingly with 69 percent of the votes, but the capital override continuation failed with 48.6 percent voting "yes."

In a statement released by Kyrene Superintendent David Schauer, he said: "This is unusual for Kyrene, but we are in unusual times. The primary purpose of the capital override is to continue Kyrene's nationally recognized instructional technology program. Without this support, these tools will not continue."

With the current capital override set to expire in 2012, seven years after its inception, the district plans to pose the ballot question again next year.

"We will ask our voters to support the capital override in November 2011," Schauer said in the statement.


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