County officials praised Donna Sivigny and Marsha Herbert, who won two open seats on the nonpartisan Carroll County Board of Education on Election Day.
Sivigny, an actuary, took the biggest share of the vote Tuesday, with 31 percent. Herbert, a retired North Carroll High School teacher, came in second, with about 28 percent of the vote.
"I was really thrilled with the school board and how it came out," said Commissioner Richard Weaver, R-District 2 — a former North Carroll teacher himself.
Current Board of Education members were similarly excited about the results.
Board member Virginia Harrison said change is always good, and she thinks in getting to know both new members, the new board will transition smoothly.
"I'm excited," Harrison said. "I think they're good people."
Superintendent Stephen Guthrie echoed that excitement, saying he looked forward to working with both new members. He's sure Sivigny and Herbert will work to improve the schools, Guthrie added.
Del. Susan Krebs, herself a former school board member, said she appreciated all the candidates who ran for the two open seats.
"It's a very tough job, and they do it out of love for the kids," Krebs said. "We need problem solvers on the Board of Education."
School board Vice President Bob Lord said he's looking forward to working with his new board members, and he remembers how big of a learning curve there is when starting.
"It was overwhelming," he added, also remembering the help he received from other board members.
Lord said that as they transition to the new board, he's available and ready to help the new members.
Del. Haven Shoemaker said the combination of Sivigny and Herbert will be a good addition to the board.
Sivigny, he said, "certainly brings a perspective that we haven't had on the Board of Education."
And Herbert, he said, "has got a heck of a lot of common sense."
"I think Donna and Marsha are exactly who we need on the Board of Education going forward," Shoemaker said.
While board members are excited for the new members to be seated, the change does come with sadness as current Board President Jim Doolan and board member Jennifer Seidel will be missed, board member Devon Rothschild said.
But new people with different backgrounds are good for the board, she said.
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"I think it's really great to have new ideas on the Board of Education," Rothschild said.