In a surprise, newcomer Karen Winslow led the field in the Brookfield-LaGrange Park Elementary School District 95 school board race to join two veteran members of the board unofficially winning election to the school board Tuesday night.
With eight of nine precincts in the district reporting, Winslow, a 42-year-old English teacher at Thornton High School, led the field of four candidates with 694 votes.
Winslow couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday night.
Also apparently winning new four-year terms were school board President Lynn Waterloo and veteran school board member John LaBarbera. Waterloo had 664 votes and LaBarbera received 604 votes.
Architect Brian Pencak seems to be the man left out, apparently finishing fourth with 585 votes. It is possible that Pencak could make up his 19-vote deficit to LaBarbera when the final precinct and absentee ballots are counted. Final results may not be known for a few days.
But Waterloo seems assured of her fourth term on the school board.
Voter turnout was extremely low, with only 19 percent of registered voters in the district casting votes in the low-key school board race.