The race for four school board seats in Riverside Elementary School 96 was too close to call definitively by 9:25 p.m. last night although available vote totals appeared to indicate that incumbents Nancy Jensen and Linda Bade were at the top of voters’ lists.

Jensen was out in front with 20 percent of the vote (1,358), with Bade following at 17.5 percent (1,193). Three others followed closely behind at right around 16 percent of the vote, including incumbents Richard Volpe (1,123) and Board President Cheryl Berdelle (1,101), along with newcomer John Allegretti (1,093).

Ben Sells, who was involved in last year’s successful referendum campaign as the committee’s treasurer, had garnered approximately 14 percent of the vote (964) according to the unofficial totals last night.

McCloskey, Bensfield, Hruska in D208

Meanwhile, the Riverside-Brookfield High School board race appeared to be in better focus, with three clear front-runners as of 9:30 p.m. The three open seats on the District 208 board looked to be going to North Riverside resident Karen Bensfield (20 percent, 2,873 votes) and Riverside residents William McCloskey (21 percent, 3,004) and Laura Hruska (2,771).

Incumbent Martin Crowley, a Brookfield resident who was named to the board in January, had received 15 percent of the vote (2,146). Riverside residents Luann Stirek and Olga Pribyl, amassed 1,894 (31 percent) and 1,717 (12 percent) respectively.

Pribyl was new to the political scene, while Stirek co-chaired the District 96 referendum committee in 2004.

Voters turn back D95 tax increase

While voters in Brookfield-LaGrange Park District 95 were faced with an uncontested election for four school board seats, voters appeared to have turned aside a referendum question that sought a tax increase for the education fund.

As of 9:40 p.m., 54 percent of voters in the district (1,431) voted against the measure, which would have raised tax bills by an average of approximately $350 next year. Yes votes totaled 1,229 (46 percent).

District 95 officials did not have complete results as of press time and were reluctant to make a statement about the vote.

“Based on the unofficial totals, we’d obviously be disappointed,” said District 95 Superintendent Dr. Douglas Rudig. “But we obviously don’t know about provisional ballots. I really don’t want to make a statement until the offcial ballots are in my hands.”