By Sue Kiesewetter
The Fairfield Board of Education appeared headed for change, based on early election returns.
With three of the five seats open, board president Anne Crone led challenger Arnold Engel, 57 percent to 43 percent, to fill an unexpired term now held by Nancy Wenning.
Wenning, meanwhile, was running for a four-year term against John W. Lawson, John M. Pennell and Terry Senger. All have been involved in the schools.
In early returns, Wenning, with 30 percent of the vote, was slightly trailing Senger, who had 31 percent. Lawson and Pennell each had 19 percent.
Lawson is treasurer of the Middle School Parent-Teacher Council. Senger is a former councilman and has been a youth sports coach and an officer in several parent-teacher groups.
Pennell, a former administrator in the Fairfield schools, is now business manager for the Mount Healthy schools.
In the three-year-old Monroe district, incumbents Suzi Rubin and Jamie Pierce were garnering more votes than newcomer Chris Snyder, a Lemon-Monroe High School graduate.
Pierce was leading with 37 percent of the votes, followed by Rubin's 34 percent and Snyder's 29 percent.
Both Pierce and Rubin were on the district's first board of education appointed by the Ohio Board of Education after voters decided to split from Middletown in 2000 to form a new district.
Meanwhile, in the hotly contested Talawanda Board of Education race, challenger Mark Butterfield led a field of seven candidates for one of three open seats.
Early returns showed him leading with 22 percent of the vote. With only 13 percent of the vote in, the sole incumbent, board president Glenn Bailey, was tied for third.
Challenger Darrell Smith had 18 percent, followed by Lois Vollmer, 14 percent; Michael Sheff, 13 percent; Marvin Beekman, 10 percent; and Cathy Newren, 10 percent.
In the fast-growing Lakota Schools, the board will remain unchanged as incumbents Daniel Warncke and Susan McLaughlin ran without opposition.
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