The Liberty Union High School District Board voters will welcome back two familiar faces, while the final decision for the third seat is up in the air.
Joanne Byer, a lifetime resident of Oakley who has served on the board since 1985, will return to the board along with Roy Ghiggeri, who was first elected in 2010. Who would be joining them in the third open seat was unknown as of press time. Newcomer Pauline Allred led incumbent Daron Spears by 0.02 percent for the third open seat with 100 percent of the precincts reporting. Allred had garnered 23.49 percent of the vote, just six more votes than Spears.
“If it is over, I have had a good run,” Spears said. “I don’t know Pauline real well, but I hear she is a nice lady.”
Byer, who has seen the high school district grow from a small, rural district to one with more than 8,000 students, touts her experience as an asset to the board.
Ghiggeri, who came in second to Byer with 25 percent of the vote, said he plans to advocate for school safety, funding and educational opportunities for students.
“It was a nice win,” Ghiggeri said. “I’m very happy the community has chosen me to serve another four years. I’m very proud.”
Allred, a 12-year Brentwood resident who’s currently a special needs educator with the Brentwood Union School District, says she plans to put the needs of students and their families first while providing educators with strong support.