Longtime Northern Ozaukee School Board member Thomas Hoffmann lost his re-election bid to challenger Brent Neis in Tuesday’s spring election.
Hoffmann has represented the Town of Saukville on the School Board since 1993, but was ousted by Neis, a first-time candidate, 395 to 178.
Although an incumbent, Hoffmann was far more critical of the direction the school district is heading than his opponent.
He criticized the instability which has been caused by frequent changes in administrators, and the loss of veteran teachers.
Hoffmann also questioned the push for a building referendum for deferred maintenance projects, saying the idea has yet to be financially justified.
In contrast, Neis touted the benefits students receive from being educated in a small district which has “excellent educational leadership and community support.”
Hoffmann received a substantial amount of public criticism and a censure from the School Board last fall for posting derogatory comments about an Ozaukee Warrior football player on social media, but Neis chose not to make that controversy an election issue.
In another contested board race, Kevin Klas defeated Jennifer Laubenstein for the Town of Fredonia seat, 357 to 192.
The seat is being vacated by longtime board member Stacy Stark, who did not seek re-election.
Newcomer Jennifer Clark was unopposed in her bid for the Village of Fredonia seat vacated by incumbent Paul Krause, the current board president.
Clark received 482 votes.
In the Village of Fredonia, registered write-in candidate TJ Meyers-Jansky received 7 votes for village trustee, earning one of the two seats that drew no candidates on the ballot.
The election failed to settle what will happen with the other trustee seat, as the two incumbent trustees who chose not to seek re-election — Neil Wagner and Ryan Mueller — finished tied with 5 votes each.
Village President Don Dohrwardt and incumbent Trustee John Long were unopposed on the ballot, earning 191 and 193 votes, respectively.
Town Chairman Richard Mueller, supervisors Chris Janik and Mark Schubert, Clerk Dave Gorton and Treasurer Jean Wills were all unopposed.