Congratulations to Bob Barman, Patti Zebrowski for winning board positions

Three quality candidates in one race; another quality candidate running unopposed in a second race.

That was the enviable task facing voters in the Lake Oswego School District in Tuesday's special election. No matter whose name they checked on their ballot, they could rest assured that all four candidates were winners.

Since reality requires that there be only two winners, however, we wish to congratulate Bob Barman and Patti Zebrowski, as they both will join the school board on July 1. Barman prevailed in a competitive race for Position 5 against Audrey Monroe and Tamara DiVergilio. Zebrowski was unopposed in the Position 1 race.

It was refreshing to have such an abundance of quality permeate these two races. The school district is continuing to go through some very difficult financial times and we hope that Zebrowski and Barman can blend with current board members quickly, get up to speed and be significant additions to the board.

Let us not forget that this particular school district is essentially the cream of the crop of public school districts in Oregon with all of its 13 schools rated as exceptional. The district is facing school closures for next year and the money woes are going to get better. Keeping our schools strong will be the benchmark that all board members will be measured against.

Before we close, we want to thank incumbents Bill Swindells and Curt Sheinin for their years of service on the board. Both men have served two, four-year terms and were not eligible to run again.

And so to Bob Barman and Patti Zebrowski we say again congratulations and please hit the ground running. And to Tamara DiVergilio and Audrey Monroe, we say thank you for running such quality campaigns and please continue to serve the district. Now more than ever before it can use your enlightened help.

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