by Stacy Wiedmaier
Two well known residents who were both visible at the polling stations as voters walked inside were named winners in the Platte County R-3 School Board race. Local attorney Bob Shaw and Mary Temperelli won the open spots.
Temperelli took 976 votes. Shaw had 788 votes. Also running was Dave Edwards, who finished with 503 votes.
This will be Shaw’s 4th term and Temperelli’s 2nd on the board.
“I am obviously pleased that the voters chose me,” Temperelli said. “I plan to keep supporting the people throughout the district and continue to stay ahead of the growth factor.”
Shaw, who has served for the past nine years in this position, said he is happy for another opportunity to serve the community.
“It’s always gratifying to have the public’s support,” he said smiling. “I’m ready to get to work again.”
Another critical issue on the same ballot was the Platte County R-3 School District bond issue that passed overwhelmingly. There were 1,071 votes in favor of the bond to 305 against.
The R-3 superintendent, Mark Harpst, said this bond issue was absolutely necessary.
“We’re very pleased with the community's support for our local schools,” he said as the results poured in. “This shows our community values their education system and really cares. We will get these new projects started as soon as possible.”
This ballot issue sought the voters' permission to borrow $13 million to deposit in the district’s capital projects fund to pay for a new kindergarten through second grade center at Barry School and eight new classrooms and multipurpose room at Siegrist Elementary School in Platte City.
The largest factor of placing this issue on Tuesday’s ballot was the overwhelming growth of the district. The district’s enrollment has increased more than 50 percent in the last 10 years. The student growth population is averaged at a 5 percent increase every year. This number will become larger as new housing projects are continually planned in the area. The Barry School architect’s rendering allows for a new building accommodating 400 students and the planned structure at Siegrist will accommodate 200 students.