Veteran board members who touted referendum projects win new terms
Two Port Washington-Saukville School Board members who have a combined 39 years of experience on the board fended off rare challenges in Tuesday’s election.
Brian McCutcheon, 59, who was first elected to the board as a write-in candidate in 1998, garnered 51% of the vote to top challenger Aaron Paulin, 917-880, and retain his seat representing the City of Port Washington on the board, according to unofficial results from the Ozaukee County clerk.
This was the first time in McCutcheon’s career on the board that he was challenged.
Paulin, 38, a social studies teacher at West Bend West High School, was making his third run in as many years for a seat on the board.
Sara McCutcheon, 52, who has been on the board since 1997, won 58% of the vote to beat challenger Scott Fischer, 1,004-721, and retain her seat representing the Village of Saukville.
Sara McCutcheon is Brian McCutcheon’s sister-in-law.
Fischer, 49, is a Village of Saukville trustee who said he wanted to offer voters a chance to make a rare change on the School Board.
For the incumbents, the election was an opportunity to tout planning for and the approval of the School District’s $49.4 million referendum in April 2015.
Both board members said the district has done a good job of overseeing the referendum projects — the $3.8 million expansion and renovation of Dunwiddie Elementary School, which was completed in December, and the ongoing $45.6 million Port Washington High School project slated to be completed in 2019.
“I’m confident our projects will be completed on time and on budget,” Brian McCutcheon, the longtime chairman of the board’s Building and Grounds Committee, said prior to the election.
Board member Marchell Longstaff, who represents the Town of Port Washington on the board, was re-elected without opposition.
Board members represent specific municipalities within the School District but are elected at large, or by all voters in the district. They serve three year terms.
Districtwide turnout was 17.8%.
Grafton school referendum passes
Elsewhere in Ozaukee County, Grafton School District voters approved a $39.9 million referendum a year after defeating a more expensive plan, with 57% of those voting supporting the borrowing plan.
The approval of the referendum clears the way for the demolition of Grafton Elementary School and the expansion and renovation of the district’s other two elementary schools, as well as renovation of the high school. (See story on page 6B.)
On the referendum question, 39% of registered voters cast ballots.
County backs Evers in state education race
In the state superintendent of public instruction race, 53% of Ozaukee County voters picked incumbent Tony Evers over challenger Lowell Holtz, who garnered 47% of the county’s vote. Statewide, Evers garnered a substantially larger percentage of the vote to retain his post.
Countywide turnout was 21%.