BEAVERCREEK — One of the two Beavercreek City Schools Board of Education seats up for election Nov. 3 has been decided, with the other separated by about 50 votes, according to unofficial election results.
Combined numbers from Greene and Montgomery counties put Gene Taylor at 8,746 votes, Peg Arnold at 7,353 votes and Al Nels at 7,300 votes. The official counts for both counties, which will be conducted later this month, could change the vote tallies, when provisional ballots are added in and results are finalized.
According to Taylor, his main focus is “to rebuild trust in the school system through more accountability, increasing transparency, engagement of the different groups of people, and maintaining and improving physical responsibility.”
Taylor decided to run due to his unique skill set. He has taught for 35 years and has owned a construction company for 40 years. Taylor is looking forward to working with all of the board members and bringing unity to the board.
Arnold has been on the board for 12 years. She decided to run for the board again since she recently retired. Arnold enjoys being a part of the community. She is very involved in the community from basketball to cross country to show choir and volunteering.
“It is very rewarding to give back to the community you care about,” Arnold said.
Nels has been on the board for eight years.
“The current changes in Beavercreek schools are positive and great progress has been made,” Nels said.
He decided to run because he wants to continue the improvement and upward trend. Nels said, “We are much better off than the years before I have been on the board and I would like to see that continue.”
Natalie Jones is a freelance writer for Greene County News.