Written by MICHAEL LoCICERO
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 18:08
Dahlke outpolls former district custodian in hotly contested challenge
Longtime Cedar Grove Belgium School Board member Aileen Dahlke kept her seat in a tightly contested victory over Philip Burns Tuesday.
Dahlke earned 84 votes in
Ozaukee County and 107 votes in Sheboygan
County to capture 191 total votes. Burns had 71 votes in Ozaukee County and 103 votes in Sheboygan County for a total of 174 votes.
All vote totals are considered unofficial until the Board of Canvass meets Monday.
“I’m excited to be able to continue doing what we’ve been doing in the district,” Dahlke said.
Dahlke, 55, is a representative for
Humana. Burns’ Facebook page lists him as a facilities maintenance worker for the City of Port Washington.
It was incorrectly reported in last week’s Ozaukee Press that Burns currently works for the Cedar Grove-Belgium School
District. He left the district in February 2013 after 19 years in the custodial/maintenance department.
Dahlke, who has served on the board since 2000 and is currently the board’s clerk, earned a new three-year term on the board.
She said she is dedicated to the district and wants to ensure students continue to receive the best education possible.
“I am very approachable, having built a good rapport with many of the teachers and administrators and have always been a strong advocate for students,” Dahlke said.
She believes student achievement, the budget and obtaining and retaining high-quality teachers are the most important issues in the district.
“We need to make sure we don’t overburden our communities, but to make sure we receive the funds we need,” Dahlke said about the budget.
“We need to continue to be competitive in salary and benefits for our teachers and offer a strong quality of life.”
In the other School Board vote, Nancy Niebauer, from Belgium, won a vacant seat with 150 votes in Ozaukee County and 196 votes in Sheboygan County. There was one write-in vote cast in
Ozaukee County and six write-ins in Sheboygan County.
Niebauer will replace School Board Vice President Dan Bruhn, who did not seek re-election.