"Whatever the board is doing, whatever's going on up there, is working," Boyd said. She also voted for Ann De Lacy and Ellen Giles.

At Bryant Woods, in contrast, Jill Robinson's focus was on changing the makeup of the school board.

"It's been a little dysfunctional of late," she said. "I would like some new blood and some new ideas."

At Swansfield, Karen Arnold felt a similar sentiment.


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"There's one person on the school board causing some dissension and costing the taxpayers lots of money," Arnold said of incumbent Allen Dyer. "I want him voted out. I think we should all be able to work together."

The school board race also drew Rita Wyble to the Mt. Hebron poll; she has grandchildren in the system, and her children are graduates of county schools.

"My son went to public schools and he got into Duke University," she said. "That says a lot about the school system. The schools are doing a good job and the board members have to keep it up to the standards."

Inside Bryant Woods only 23 people had voted as of 8:30 a.m., about half of the 40 or 50 that would typically have voted in the poll's first 90 minutes, according to election workers.

Will Fleck, a chief election judge, said he was hoping the voting would pick up, though he didn't expect it to.

The school normally gets 50 percent turnout, he said. This year, however, he was predicting 10 to 15 percent.

Staff writer Sara Toth contributed to this report.