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Incumbents leading in Berkeley school board race

May 12, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County Board of Education members Dr. Bill Queen and Bill Norris will each serve another term on the board, according to incomplete election results.

Challenger Paul Gavin, 60, was trailing significantly with 46 of the county's 59 precincts reporting. Board of Education candidates are elected in the primary election, without regard to party affiliation.

With 46 precincts reporting, Queen had 5,264 votes, Norris had 4,654 votes and Gavin had 2,319 votes.

Queen, 57, currently serves as the board's president. Norris, 50, is the board's vice-president.

Board of Education candidates serve four-year terms and are paid $160 per meeting.

Queen, a dentist, has said the state's funding formula for growth counties is a critical issue.

Norris, a radio talk show host with WRNR, has said that the No Child Left Behind Act is the most critical issue facing the board.

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"If we want our children to be prepared for the future, then we must find ways to be financially responsible and still get our school system ready for the challenges that are going to face this community," he has said. "Berkeley County Schools are the most important element in the successful continuation of our current economic growth here in Berkeley County."

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