MARCO ISLAND — The count is in and without much ado the ballots to elect the three newest Marco Island Charter Middle School Board members were reviewed Tuesday night at the school by Island attorney and resident Craig Woodward.
Marco resident Bill McMullan and City Council Vice Chairman Frank Recker, who was vying for an open non-parent school board member seat reported back from the ballot-counting event after Principal George Abounader could not immediately be reached by phone.
Recker and current board president Jim Reinders, along with Lisa Meurgue and William Hollowsky were the four individuals vying for the two open non-parent seats currently held by Reinders and Tarik Ayasun.
Mario Sanchez and Norka Malberg were vying for the one seat open to a parent of a student currently held by Joe Hausauer.
Meurgue, Hollowsky and Malberg won the election, Recker announced and McMullan confirmed.
There will be a formal induction of the new board members and officer appointments at the school's annual meeting scheduled 6 p.m. Thursday evening in the meeting room to the rear of the school gym.
McMullan said it was a low turnout with just him and two parents , as was also the case at the candidate forum held the week prior to the election. Voter turnout was also a bit lower than reports from last year with fewer than 100 parents voting and most of them not choosing three candidates, he said.
Cathy Cleary, William Morris, Elizabeth Summers and James Young remain on the board. Reinders, Recker and Sanchez did not win the election.
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